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Coley keen to turn on style at home

Reds boss glad to be back at the Wham as he looks to overcome free-scoring Posh

27 January 2020

John Coleman knows the threats Peterborough will pose but is hoping his side can put on a show at the Wham Stadium as they have done against previous promotion-contenders.

Stanley have celebrated victories over Ipswich and Portsmouth at home while Posh come to Accrington tomorrow night in fifth place in the league, having scored 50 goals this season and with two wins in their last two games.

The Reds are still hunting for their first League One victory of 2020 but did halt a run of three successive league losses with a draw at Burton Albion on Saturday.

At the time of writing, striker Ivan Toney had scored 20 goals so far this season for Darren Ferguson’s side but was attracting interest before the transfer window closes on Friday.

“We seemed to have been stuck on 29 points a long time so to get to 30, even though it’s just a point, feels a lot better,” said the Reds boss.

“If we can get six or seven wins we can allay relegation fears and starting looking up the league while also planning for next season.

“We know this is a tough place to come to, we beat Portsmouth and Ipswich here not so long ago and we tend to do well against teams near the top of the league and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow night.

“It’s good to be back at home, back on our pitch which is one of the best in the league and where we can get the ball down and play football.

“In the reverse fixture, we lost 4-0 and it was never a 4-0. The game hinged on an appalling decision, a goal for us disallowed, but that’s happened too many times for us this season and we can’t bemoan our luck, we have to do something about it.

“We have to be on the front foot, be on the attack and make sure we play as much of the game in the opponent’s final third as possible and then decisions and results tend to go for you.

“Peterborough have some good players but we do not get too preoccupied with individuals. We know collectively we are a good team and we can contain good players.

“They are the leading goal scorers in the league but we have started to chip in with the goals ourselves now. Colby Bishop, Dion Charles and Ozzy Zanzala must be pushing around 30 between them and two of the players have made three steps up while Ozzy hasn’t played a lot of football in his career.”

The injuries are hampering the Reds with Sean McConville out for the season, Sam Finley and Colby Bishop are out for three-four weeks and Wilson Carvalho is sidelined for two-three weeks.

Coleman is still looking at the transfer market ahead of the window closing on Friday.

“We have things in the pipeline but it’s whether we run out of time before we get them over the line.

“It is hard, a lack of training facilities is a big problem but everyone who comes here says the spirit in the camp is magnificent and many who have been here go away better players.”


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