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Coley: When we get it right we look a very good side

Stanley's manager discusses the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town

21 October 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman admitted that his side were worthy winners in the 2-0 victory over Sky Bet League One leaders Ipswich Town at the Wham Stadium.

Striker Colby Bishop bagged a first half double to give the Reds the win and Coleman explained how the performance levels were exactly right from his players, and that his side also got that bit of luck that has been missing so far this season.

"I'm delighted with the result, there's no real difference in the performance levels, it's just we got a little bit of the rub of the green today at crucial times, like when we kept one off the line, we got a penalty and we've had plenty of penalties like that, that we haven't been given.

"I don't think anyone could argue about the win, I think we were the better team, we were on the front foot and we looked like we had more energy.

"You've got to bear in mind that Ipswich are a top side and they'll go up deservedly, but they had three of their key players out today and I know myself as a manager that it's a bodyblow when you lose three of your key players.

"They haven't played for two weeks as well so that meant that they were a little rusty so they've got a couple of excuses that are valid in my opinion and that doesn't detract from the fact that we've played really well today but we had to against a very good side."

Despite holding a 2-0 lead for the whole of the second half, Coleman also praised the way his players didn't sit back to protect the lead and instead went at the visitors in the search for more goals.

"I think we played some magnificent football, Sam Finley and Jordan Clark were like two Tasmanian devils but you couldn't pick a hole in any of our players today.

"I thought everyone of them gave 100%, they worked themselves into the ground, they had the bit between their teeth, even late on they wanted to go forward and try and score again.

"Over the years we've made this ground a fortress and hopefully we can do the same this season."

Bishop's double took the striker to seven goals for the season and Coleman admitted that he now has a wealth of attacking options to choose from, something that perhaps he hasn't had at his disposal in previous campaigns.

"He's (Colby Bishop) been playing well all season, by his own admission he could have had a couple more goals than what he's got already but he's still got a decent return.

"His workrate and overall play was good, he let the ball loose in the first five minutes and they countered on us but after that it stuck well and he was a physical presence, he won his headers and he held the ball up.

"Now we've got Ozzy (Offrande Zanzala) who can play alongside him, we've got Dion (Charles) who came on and worked his socks off, we've got Joe Pritchard who can play in there and we've got Courtney Baker-Richardson coming back, so we have now got a wealth that we've never perhaps had in the past."

Defender Ross Sykes was sent off for an off the ball incident late in the second half and Coleman explained how the young centre-back had put in a near enough faultless display during the game and that he will learn from this negative experience.

"I think he doesn't have to send either player off, the penalty is a penalty, if someone's jumping for a ball and somebody jumps into the back of them, it's a penalty.

"What they're hoping for is leniency and there's too much leniency in football, if it's a foul outside the box then it's a foul inside the box in my opinion and that goes both ways, so I don't think there can be any complaints about that.

"We're disappointed that it's been 10 versus 10, we've got Jerome (Opoku) booked which means he'll miss out on Wednesday, it makes us a bit thin on the ground for defenders .

"He (Ross Sykes) has to learn, we've told him time and time again, let the referee make the decisions, if he feels as though he's been agrieved, then let the referee decide that and I have to say he was fantastic in the game before that, he put in near enough a faultless display."

Next up for the Reds is an away trip to face Peterborough United, and Coleman knows that every game this season is going to be tough, but that when his side get it right then they can be a very good team.

"Every game we're going to play is going to be tough and we've just got to accept that they're going to be tough, what we've got to do is play to our strengths and when we get it right, you saw some of the passing we did today, it's second to none and we've just got to keep working hard.

"I've been saying to our players for a long time now, decision making is crucial, the higher up the pyramid you go your decision making is crucial.

"When we get it right we look a very good side, when we get it wrong we can get punished." 


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