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Coley: It should be a cracking game

Stanley's manager is expecting this weekend's game with Ipswich to be an enjoyable game

18 October 2019

Following the defeat to Rochdale, Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman knows that his players can't wait to get back on the pitch and face Ipswich Town in front of the television cameras this Sunday.

This weekend's game has been moved to the Sunday for broadcasting purposes, and Coleman admits that it does mean that you have to prepare differently during the week leading up to the game.

"Your week gets halted and with Saturday's performance, we want to get back on the pitch.

"I have to get up a bit earlier, Ipswich will stay overnight so they'll have better preparation.

"We've got to deal with the situation and we generally perform well in front of the cameras and against the bigger teams."

Ipswich are currently top of Sky Bet League One and remain unbeaten in the league, and Coleman spoke highly of manager Paul Lambert and his players.

"They've started the season unbelievably well, there's not too many teams that get relegated and bounce back the way they have done.

"That's credit to the manager and the players.

"It should be a cracking game, we don't try and shut up shop, we try and score goals and we try and win games.

"It should be a really good game, certainly for the neutral, but hopefully more so for our fans rather than theirs."

Stanley finished Saturday's game with Rochdale with a few injury concerns, but Coleman is hopeful that he will have the majority of his squad available for Sunday's game at the Wham Stadium.

"Callum Johnson is still a doubt, Jerome Opoku and Sam Finley have both trained so I'm hopeful.

"Sean McConville has trained but he's had no contact, so we'll see how he is today and tomorrow.

"Players have come in and done well when they've been asked to do a job.

"We have got healthy competition, that's only going to get stronger when the injured players come back."

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