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INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to Man United tie

Reds boss previews the Papa John's Trophy Round of 32 clash with Manchester United Under-21s

7 December 2020

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman is expecting a tough encounter when his side face Manchester United Under-21s tomorrow night at the Wham Stadium in the Papa John's Trophy Round of 32.

Neil Wood's side progressed from Northern Group B as runners-up to Salford City, despite beating The Ammies 6-0 at the Peninsula Stadium.

The Red Devils also defeated Rochdale on penalties after a goalless draw before losing 4-0 to Morecambe, but Coleman is fully aware of the threats that tomorrow night's opposition will possess.

"It'll be a tough game, they'll be full of beans, techinically they'll be good and they'll have a load of energy.

"We've got to try and find a way to beat them, we're always plotting our way and trying to see the best we can of defeating the opposition."

Both Michael Nottingham and Jon Russell are ineligible to play tomorrow night, but the Reds boss explained he isn't planning on making too many changes from Saturday's 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons.

"I've got a great set of staff who work very hard and are very thorough in their preparation, and tomorrow's game will be no different than Saturday's game and next Saturday's game, we'll prepare and try and win.

"There were a few stiff legs on Saturday but I've never been an advocate of just chopping and changing for the sake of it, some players might need a game."

Reds winger Sean McConville will also be back available after serving his three-match suspension, which Coleman admits will be a big boost for the club.

"We welcome Sean McConville back into the squad as well which is a big boost for us, he's a big character at the club and a really good footballer as well.

"I'm told he's a good commentator as well when he does that, but when we get him on the pitch he can definitely have an influence."

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