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Fleetwood can cause problems: Coley

28 March 2019

John Coleman knows the threat Fleetwood will pose – but hopes it's his strike force who are causing Joey Barton's side problems.

Paddy Madden has scored 18 goals this season for the Cod Army while Ched Evans has chipped in with 14 to help Fleetwood to 11th place in League One – eight points off the Play-Offs.

Stanley haven't had the best of starts to 2019, with two league wins since January 1st, and have dropped to within two points of the bottom four – but they do have two games in hand.

“Paddy Madden and Ched Evans are very good players, they have scored goals consistently,” said Coleman.

“But we have got good players and our job is to make sure they are concerned about us.

“I watched Fleetwood play Plymouth last week and, like most games in League One, there wasn't a lot in it. Fleetwood scored two good goals and deservedly won the game because of that.

“They can cause us problems and we have to negate that but if we play like I know we are capable of doing, we know we can be a threat.”

Coleman knows the Fleetwood management team well.

“I know Joey, he has had a good career in football and like to gives his opinion, he is eloquent and intelligent. He will probably feel they have done ok in his first season as a league manager.

“I also know Clint Hill, Steve Eyre and of course Andy Mangan and it will be nice to have a drink after the game with them, hopefully ours will taste sweeter.”

Stanley have Paul Smyth and Dimi Evtimov back from international duty while captain Seamus Conneely and Ross Sykes are back from injury. Jordan Clark misses out through suspension after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season against Burton Albion.


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