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Wembley dream: Coley talks Fleetwood and transfers

Manager believes tie at Highbury is massive while he 'has set wheels on motion' during window

6 January 2020

John Coleman believes the team which wins tomorrow night’s last 16 clash will go all the way to Wembley.

Stanley travel to fellow League One side Fleetwood Town, a team they beat in the group stages of the competition.

The Reds lost at Highbury in the league earlier in the season and Coleman hopes his side can avenge that on the way to breaking their Wembley duck – only Stanley and Crawley Town out of the EFL clubs have never played at Wembley.

“It’s my personal opinion but I think the team which wins tomorrow night will go to Wembley so it’s a big, big game for both sides," said the Reds boss.

“We are one of just two EFL teams who haven’t been to Wembley and it would be a real feather in our cap if we could do it.

“That’s why it’s a massive game for us tomorrow.

“Fleetwood are a good side, they play a certain style of football which is quite easy on the eye and so do we.

“The last time we played there in the league Sean McConville got sent off, they got a dubious penalty and we have got to go there and acquit ourselves better.”

Winger McConville is out for the rest of the season and will have an operation on his snapped Achilles tomorrow.

Striker Colby Bishop is still struggling with his back injury.

“We have one or two injuries and we are a bit thin on the ground with our attacking options. We will look to address that in the transfer window.”

Billy Kee is still absent while Swansea loan frontman Courtney Baker-Richardson has only played around two hours of football for the Reds as he has been sidelined with injury for most of the campaign so far.

“Billy and Courtney were big figures in our initial plans for the season and it is difficult as we haven’t got the funds to keep replacing players and we are still paying them,” said Coleman.

“I hope to bring fresh faces in but a lot depends on players, agents, clubs and so on.

“We have set the wheels in motion to try and do a few things.

“If we are up against other clubs in terms of finances then we will miss out, what we can offer is ambition and the ability to develop players and move them on. That’s where we are.”

Tickets are available from the Stanley club shop today and tomorrow until 4pm and it's pay on the night. The prices are £10 (adults), £5 (concessions) and £1 (Under 16s).

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