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'Cracking atmosphere': Coley

25 January 2019

John Coleman is relishing pitting his wits against former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as Stanley take on Derby County in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tomorrow.

Stanley take on the Rams live on BT Sport at 12.30pm, looking to make history and be in the hat for the Fifth Round draw for the first time.

“Frank Lampard is well educated in the game, I have got a lot of admiration for him, for what he has done as a player and what he has done as a manager so far," said Coleman.

“He has got an unbelievable club to start off his managerial career with. The Championship is a great level to start and he has shown he can cope.

“I hope he continues to have success but not tomorrow.

“We know it's tough, we are facing a team who are in-form and looking to be in the Premier League next season, but it's a game we are all looking forward to.

“They play good football and we play good football and it should be a really entertaining game.”

Coleman has good memories of Derby teams of the past.

“When I think of Derby, I think of their teams in the 1970s.

“I liked Kevin Hector as a player and tried to emulate him in the school playground.

“They had Colin Todd, Roy McFarland and Franny Lee had a little spell there as well and I loved him.

“They had some great cup runs and Derby will always be a big club in my eyes. In that respect, to play them in a game is great.

“We are pleased we are at home, that gives us more of a fighting chance.  Our fans will be magnificent, I know there will be a big flag show and the Clayton End will be in top form. It will be a great occasion and I hope we come out on top.”

Coleman admitted the way he felt his team were written off during the Southampton v Derby replay in the last round will spur them on.

“I was surprised by how readily the pundits and commentators were willing to write us off.

“It didn't seem to matter who won that game, they were going to walk all over us.

“That's motivation for our players to prove them wrong.

“Lots of people have ruled us out time and time again and been left with egg on their faces so hopefully it will be the case again.

“We have had some great cup runs and I think we have been to this round three times now and they have been exciting journeys, it's possibly different now as we are at a higher level but it will be a cracking atmosphere.

"It's a thrill beating someone ranked above you. It's our job to put on a show and hopefully we will."

Defender Janoi Donacien has the chance to make his second Stanley debut tomorrow while new signing Paul Smyth, on loan from QPR, is available.


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