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Doolan: We want to progress

Stanley's first team coach views tomorrow night's game as a good opportunity

7 October 2019

Accrington Stanley first team coach John Doolan explained how tomorrow night's Trophy game with Oldham Athletic is a good opportunity for the club to progress from the group and take a step closer to reaching the latter stages of the competition.

The Reds come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Oxford United and Doolan admits that the team improved significantly after the break, but that a point was still a positive result to take from the game.

"You've got to look at Oxford and you've got to take your hats off to them, they're a very good side and they played their system very well.

"They've got good players and I think they're the best team we've played up to now.

"Looking at their results, they've kept five clean sheets and had scored 16 goals in their last five games with no reply.

"In the first half, I don't think we were at it personally, we've played a lot better and I think the second half showed that, and we could've gone on and won the game."

Stanley along with Crawley Town are the only two teams currently in the EFL to have not played at Wembley Stadium, and Doolan explains how the club has a good chance of going all the way in this season's Trophy.

"It's a chance for the club to get to Wembley, it would be great wouldn't it.

"A day out at Wembley and realistically it is a competition where you can get to Wembley but it's also a competition to give the squad players a chance to force their way into the first team.

"It's a game that we obviously want to win and we want to progress, we're looking forward to it and it gives the lads an opportunity to stake a claim for the first team."

Both teams are expected to rotate their teams for tomorrow night's fixture, and Doolan admits that it's a great chance for some of the other squad members to display their talent to the fans as well as the management staff.

"They are different to the bounce games, so it's a chance for them to show what they're about.

"They do it day-to-day in training anyway, we all see what they're about anyway and it is one of them, if they do well then it gives the manager something to think about.

"If we win the game then we'll be through so there's a lot at stake to be honest, the big prize is you want to get through and get that day out at Wembley."

Oldham come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Cheltenham Town, and Doolan expects Latics boss Dino Maamria to change a lot of his team as well.

"I think that Oldham's team will change dramatically, they've played Liverpool Under-21s themselves and got a result at home, so they'll probably use it to rotate their squad.

"It is pretty tough when you're looking and analysing their personnel, but we'll do our due diligence and we'll go from there."

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