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No old pals act for Coley

Reds boss keen to get one over mate Karl Robinson

3 October 2019

John Coleman is aware of Oxford United’s attacking threat – but is hoping it’s his front men who will show what they can do on Saturday.

Stanley face The Us at the Wham Stadium with Karl Robinson’s men one of the top scorers in League One.

The 10th placed side are unbeaten in four league games – with three wins and 12 goals scored in that time– while they also celebrated a memorable 4-0 win over West Ham in the Carabao Cup Third Round.

“They have been doing well, Karl rode through a storm last season and has come out the other side and done remarkably well,” said Coleman.

“I get on with him really well and have spent a lot of time with him, he knows football and how difficult it is so I am pleased for him.

“The last few times we have played Oxford, they have not been in the best of form but they will go into Saturday’s game bullish.

“They also had an unbelievable win against West Ham and it’s a chance to go quite far in the League Cup which is a feather in their cap.

“Karl will believe they will win, we believe we will win so it lends itself for an entertaining game. Everyone who comes to watch should be in for a treat as it’s two teams who play expansive football on our bowling green of a pitch. There are no excuses for anyone.

"Karl is quite good during the match, I have mellowed but we will want to beat each other. We will have a coffee before the game and probably a glass of wine after."

Stanley celebrated their first clean sheet of the season with their 1-0 win over Southend last Saturday and Coleman hopes his 17th-placed side can build on that.

“Dimi Evtimov celebrated like it was Christmas Day but you could see the determination on the players’ faces to see the game out without conceding.

“The first half was littered with mistakes from both sides but we got our act together in the second half against Southend, aided by the sending off.

“But we know we have to improve. If we are going to win games, we have to get the basics right.

“Since the start of the season, our performances have generally been on an upward trajectory. When we get it right we are good and hopefully we will get it right on Saturday.”

Southend goal hero Colby Bishop will have a late fitness test on his ankle injury.

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