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'Write us off at your peril': Coleman

7 March 2019

Club News

'Write us off at your peril': Coleman

7 March 2019

John Coleman says that people should not underestimate his Stanley side when they face Barnsley in League One on Saturday.

The Reds take on the Tykes at Oakwell this weekend, kick-off at 3pm, where the hosts have yet to taste defeat in the league.

Coleman feels there are certain similarities in the build up to Stanley's trip to Sunderland last month, where the Reds took a two goal lead before being forced to settle for a point.

"We're going there to try and win the game," said Coleman. "A lot of people will have written us off, saying Barnsley are second in the league and flying. Write us off at your peril.

"They're a good club, a good team. If I had to pick the team I think's the strongest in League One it would be Barnsley, but I think on any given day we are as strong as anybody and we're determined to silence a few people to be honest.

"We have to give them the respect that they deserve. The homework on them started on Tuesday night. We know what they're about, we know how they play, and they might be facing some changes themselves that have been enforced.

"We'll come up with a plan, like we do every time we take a team on, and we'll try and come up with the right personnel to get a result."

Despite Tuesday's result against Blackpool, the Stanley boss was impressed with his side's performance after a change in system.

Goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov will miss Saturday's game as he sits out the first match of his suspension, and defender Ross Sykes is a couple of weeks away from a return, though the Stanley boss is happy with his squad options.

"We've got a really good squad and if we play like we did on Tuesday we'll win more games than we won't," said Coleman. "That was mentioned by a couple of the younger players in the dressing room afterwards. We've got to believe.

"If we set up a certain way of playing what we have to do is use the best tools for that given time.

"You've got to be flexible to adapt to what other teams are doing as well. [Blackpool] had to change their system two or three times on Tuesday because they couldn't live with us in the first half. We've got to be able to do that as well.

"It becomes a little bit like a game of chess, and you need the players at your disposal to do it, and we have got that."

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