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'Still a long way to go': Coleman

21 March 2019

John Coleman says Stanley have to keep working hard in training as they look to move away from the League One relegation zone.

The Reds sit 15th in the table, six places above the bottom four, but are just two points ahead of Walsall in 21st.

With ten games left of the campaign, the boss is keeping his squad focused on Saturday's trip to Burton Albion.

"We've got a tough set of fixtures now," said Coleman. "After Saturday I think it works out that we've got something like nine games in about five weeks.

"We have to prepare our lads to try and win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season but we can only look at the next game in front of us which is Burton.

"The players were given Saturday and Sunday off after the Rochdale game was postponed, and then we gave them the dreaded 12-minute run around the track on Monday morning.

"The lads have worked hard. They did a double session on Tuesday and we've just got to prepare right for Saturday now.

"It's vital that the lads understand the gravity of each game. There's still a long way to go and the trap door awaits anybody who goes through a slump now. There's probably 14 teams who could be affected by it, so we just have to make sure we're not one of them."

Stanley will be without Paul Smyth and Dimitar Evtimov for the Burton clash, having been called up by Northern Ireland and Bulgaria respectively.

Coleman revealed he's monitoring the remaining members of the squad before Saturday.

"We've got one or two niggles, one or two knocks, a little bit of illness as well but we're okay," said Coleman.

"Liam Gibson has had a little bit of a set back this week so we'll be monitoring him, but Seamus Conneely is back fit and training. He came through half an hour against the youth team on Tuesday so he's raring to go now.

"He's an influential player and by Seamus' own admission it's been frustrating that he hasn't played as many games as he normally plays, but you want your experienced players around, both on and off the pitch."


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