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Coley: I’m really proud of the lads

Stanley’s manager discusses the 2-2 draw with Oxford United

6 October 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman admitted that he was delighted with the performance that his side displayed in the 2-2 draw with Oxford United, particularly the way they came from behind on two occasions.

Stanley scored twice in the second half through Jordan Clark and Offrande Zanzala and Coleman was happy with the way the whole team conducted theirselves.

“It was a cracking game, two teams playing good football and they’re probably the best team we’ve played.

“We’ve limited them to a few chances, two shots from outside the box and our keeper hasn’t made a save of any note whatsoever.

“They were better in the first half, we were a little hesitant and we didn’t really get to grips with how they moved the ball, they started the brighter and they pressed us better.”

After being arguably second best before the break, the Reds excelled afterwards and Coleman explained how his side could possibly have clinched all three points.

“I thought we were absolutely magnificent in the second half, I’m really proud of the lads and the lads should be proud of themselves.

“We’ve scored two good goals, we’ve hit the woodwork twice.

“They’re a good team and to finish the way we did shows we’re going in the right direction.

“You can’t legislate for them taking the lead with a 30-yarder into the top corner, it’s a great strike by (Cameron) Brannagan.

“Five minutes earlier, Sam’s three inches away from doing the same and that’s just the way the luck of the draw goes at the moment.

“That same post was hit by Blackpool in the last minute against us, it hits the post and it goes in, our one hits the post and goes out.

“You can be the best manager in the world but unless you’re lucky, you haven’t got much of a chance.”

Zanzala came on as a second half substitute and Coleman was delighted with the way the striker imposed himself on the game.

“Ozzy was like a breath of fresh air when he came on, it’s good to be able to have another option which we haven’t always had in the past.

“He was electric in the second half, he scored a good goal and was instrumental in everything we did going forward, he worked his socks off along with everybody else.”

Midfielder Sean McConville missed the game through injury and is expected to be out for two to three weeks.

“He hurt his shoulder last week, he’s torn some ligaments in his shoulder.

“It’s not as bad as we first feared, we’re hoping he’s going to be back in two or three weeks.”


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