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Coley: Posh 'catch the eye'

Manager looks ahead to tomorrow night's trip to third place Peterborough

22 October 2019

John Coleman admits Peterborough ‘catch the eye’ with their attacking play – but the Stanley boss is trying to ensure it’s his team who come away with the points tomorrow night.

Third placed Posh have scored 30 goals so far this season – the highest in the league – and their two strikers Mo Eisa and Ivan Toney have 10 goals each.

There is also a danger in Marcus Maddision, who has six goals and six assists, but Stanley go into the game at Weston Homes Stadium buoyed by their win over league leaders Ipswich Town on Sunday.

“Peterborough catch the eye, like Oxford and Ipswich, they play an attacking brand of football and have scored loads of goals,” said Coleman.

“When they get it right they are very good. They have an exceptional striker in Ivan Toney and he is just one of many who will be a handful.

“They will be up for it but we are too, we will go into it confident having beat the league leaders on Sunday.

“We went there and won last season so we know we can do it.

“We know in football there is a large element of luck and we had the rub of the green on Sunday. I think we played as well against Rochdale the week before but we lost that game and then I think we got the breaks against Ipswich.

“But we need to go on a run now, we need to get our heads down and pick up the wins which I think our performances have merited.”

Stanley will be without defender Ross Sykes, who begins a three-game ban for his sending off against Ipswich, and Fulham loan defender Jerome Opoku who has picked up five yellow cards.

“That’s why you have a squad. It’s a chance for people to step up. It’s hard as I don’t think all Jerome’s bookings have been yellow cards and Ross, he has pushed their lad in the chest not his head but it will be viewed as aggressive so it’s not worth an appeal.

“You have to take it on the chin. The thing is Ross has learned the hard way. He has been in great form and now it’s a three game ban so it’s a blow for him and for us. I think, though, it will make him a better and stronger player.”

Sykes has been Stanley’s home grown player in the squad and another youngster will now have the chance to step into the squad.


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