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Coley ready for Fleetwood challenge Trophy kicks off

2 September 2019

John Coleman will make changes for the Trophy Northern Group B game at home to Fleetwood Town tomorrow and he hopes those who come in will give him a headache.

Coleman has one of the biggest squads he has had in his tenure at the Wham Stadium and, as per Trophy rules, will have to start four outfield players who meet the qualifying criteria, which include starting the last fixture, being on loan from a Category One Academy or with over 40 first team appearances to their name.

He expects to field some players who haven’t yet had much game-time and hopes they will give him something to think about for the trip to Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

“Whatever team I put out will be able to compete, I have lads in the squad who will all compete and I go into every game wanting to win,” said Coleman.

“I like this competition, I like competing and I like winning games of football and so tomorrow night will be all about the win.

“My team won’t be severely weakened, I won’t be playing the youth team as that’s not fair on those players, and I will give the competition the respect it deserves.

“Players do benefit from playing a couple of games in this competition.”

The Reds lost to Joey Barton’s Fleetwood in the league recently but Coleman says this will count for nothing.

“This is another game, we have moved on from that and it has nothing extra for me as I already 100 per cent want to win.”

Swansea loan striker Courtney Baker-Richardson is out for around eight weeks while Offrande Zanzala was having a scan today to find out the extent of his hamstring injury.


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