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Coley is looking up

28 March 2019

John Coleman is hoping his side will start climbing the table this weekend after tackling Pendle Hill this week.

The Stanley manager admitted he shook things up in training this week, taking the team a hike up the 557m hill as part of a social exercise.

He wanted to encourage a togetherness after last weekend's loss to Burton Albion and ahead of this weekend's visit of Fleetwood.

“We have looked back at the Burton game and we have to see it as a one-off,” said Coleman. “When you watch the video again, it was not as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests.

“If we had not conceded at half-time, I am pretty sure we wouldn't have lost the game. We lost our heads, we capitulated, it happens in football and we have to make sure it doesn't happen too often.

“We spent four-and-a-half hours on Monday going through the game again, picking up on the highlights, where we can improve and our decision making. It was constructive.

“Then on Tuesday, I thought it would be a gentle walk up Pendle Hill but it didn't seem that gentle, it turned into a work-out! Then we had a spot of lunch to celebrate the birthday of Ross Sykes.

“It was to focus on each other and emphasise that we are all in it together, it's not us against them.

“Obviously with it being April, the players are fit enough and sometimes a change is as good as a rest.”

Fleetwood are 11th in the table while Stanley are two points ahead of the bottom four – but have games in hand.

“We can't use our games in hand as a safety net, we have got to get away from the idea that having two gives in hand gives us a safety net.

“We have to play every game like it's a cup final, like this is the game that is going to keep us up, we cannot lose focus.

“We haven't got any targets, we need to get enough points to keep us up as soon as possible. There are probably 13 or 14 clubs that can easily fall through the trap door and we have to make sure we aren't one of them.”


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