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Coleman: FA Cup has been vital

3 January 2019

John Coleman knows the value of an Emirates FA Cup run as Stanley take on Championship side Ipswich Town on Saturday in the Third Round.

The Reds have seen off the challenge of Colchester United and Cheltenham Town so far and face Paul Lambert's side, who are bottom of the Championship table.

Former Stanley players Kayden Jackson and Janoi Donacien, who signed for the Tractor Boys in August, may return to the Wham Stadium along with Toto Nsiala, who played on loan at Stanley in 2012 from Everton.

"The idea is to go as far as we can and make as much money as we can," said the Reds boss.

“A cup run in the past has made big changes to this club. The Huddersfield/Bournemouth season in 2003/4 and the influx of money that brought is the reason we are in the Football League and where we are now.

“Ipswich will be a difficult game. They haven't been on the best run but we haven't either and both will be trying to buck that trend.

“We want to get back on track and this is a break for both teams from league action and the battle to get points.

“It's a chance to play against a bigger club, even though there are just 12 places between us, and hope we can turn our form around.

“The irony is we are favourites with the bookmakers but it's 11 against 11, the league positions will have no bearing on it and if I get my team selection right, if we get our decision-making right and if we get our tactics right then it could all come together to win the game.

“We are like Jekyll and Hyde at the moment, not in our performances but in our results, so this is an opportunity for us to get back on track.

“Kayden and Janoi may return which adds spice for the fans and the players and I expect a game of open and attractive football.”

Forward Offrande Zanzala is suspended for the cup tie after his sending off against Bradford City on New Year's Day.

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