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Stanley v Liverpool Under 21s

Boss feels he 'owes club one' after last season's loss

28 October 2019

Stanley boss John Coleman is determined to get one over Liverpool Under 21s tomorrow night even though his side have already made it through to the knock-out stages of the Leasing.Com Trophy.

The Reds have won their first two group games, against Fleetwood and Oldham, which means they have sealed a final 32 spot.

But with £10,000 reward for winning the game and a chance to get a victory after two league defeats the full focus is on a confidence-boosting win.

“I have watched Liverpool Under 21s a couple of times and they have players who I have tried to take in the past and it will be interesting to see how they have developed,” said Coleman.

“It’s good for them as they get put in the shop window and have a chance to play against men and we have always fielded a strong squad in this competition, we haven’t just played our kids.

“As we have always said, we have a realistic chance of winning this trophy and going to Wembley so we will give it our best shot.

“I feel I have unfinished business in this competition as last year we were 2-0 up against Bury and I made the wrong substitution and we lost 3-2. I feel I owe the club one for that.”

Swansea loan striker Courtney Baker-Richardson is back following his injury in August and he will be a boost to Stanley’s attack.

“It’s good to have Courtney back and hopefully he can get a steady run of games without injury.”

And Coleman is hoping Baker-Richardson and co can find the back of the net after Stanley have drawn blanks in their last two league games – despite creating plenty of chances.

“Nobody means to miss chances but sometimes strikers can go through a barren spell, I once went 17 games myself without scoring and you feel like you will never score again.

“You need a bit of luck but it’s about the technique of finishing and also taking more care and we will do the hours and the practise on the training ground.

“Colby (Bishop), Ozzy (Offrande Zanzala), Dion (Charles) along with the two wingers are all good players and eventually they will get their rewards.”

Prices for Liverpool are £5 adults and concessions, £2 Under 18s and £1 Under 12s. Kick off is 7.45pm.

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