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Ex-Reds back with Millers as Coley prepares for league leaders

Stanley look to make it four wins in a row

20 February 2020

John Coleman is eyeing four wins on the bounce – but knows league leaders Rotherham will provide the sternest of tests at the Wham Stadium on Saturday.

The Millers have former Reds Matt Crooks, Michael Ihiekwe, Dan Barlaser and Michael Smith in their ranks and are currently the pacesetters, joint top with Coventry.

Paul Warne’s side beat 14th placed Stanley 1-0 at the New York Stadium earlier in the campaign but Coleman’s men are in a rich vein of form, having won their last three games including the 4-3 last gasp win over Lincoln City last Saturday.

“Lincoln was a bit of a freak game to all intents and purposes because of the weather but I would take another 4-3 win on Saturday!” said the Reds boss.

“At Rotherham, there wasn’t much in the game and I felt we could have got something out of it and obviously we will be going all-out to win the game this weekend.

“I think the last team who came here who were top of the league were Ipswich and we won that game.

“There are a lot of teams vying for the automatic and promotion spots and it will be interesting come May to see what happens, I am just disappointed that a poor January caused us to miss any chance of looking at the Play-Offs.

“In this league, there are no stand-out great teams and there are no poor teams, it’s about being consistent.

“You look at Wycombe and they started well, had a dip and have come strong again. Every manager wants the Holy Grail of consistency and you also need a little bit of luck along the way.

“We need to get to 50 points to be totally safe – that’s 11 points we need between now and the end of the season.”

Crooks and co enjoyed strong seasons with the Reds and Coleman said it will be good to see them.

“They are all good players. With Dan and Crooksy we definitely set them on their way to where they are now.

“Dan is a great lad and Crooksy is a fantastic player. I know a few eyebrows were raised when we signed him after what wasn’t perhaps the best loan spell but when we got him established in central midfield, he was one of the best I have seen in that position in a long time.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he established himself as a regular Championship footballer.”

Stanley conceded two goals from set-pieces against Lincoln and know this is a major threat from the Millers.

"We will analyse the Lincoln game and look at our organisation and how we set up. Rotherham have been successful from set-pieces so we will need to address that."

Fulham left back Jerome Opoku is back in training while the club are monitoring Sadou Diallo. Midfielder Sam Finley and striker Colby Bishop are back challenging for a first team spot.


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