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Coley hopes to tick off Portman Road with a win

Reds travel to Ipswich with striker Colby Bishop back in training

9 January 2020

John Coleman will tick a new ground off his list as he takes his Stanley side to Ipswich Town on Saturday in Sky Bet League One.

Coleman says there are nine Premier and EFL grounds he hasn’t visited – and Portman Road is one.

The 17th placed Reds will take on fifth placed Ipswich, hoping to do the double over the Tractorboys after beating them at the Wham Stadium earlier in the season.

While Stanley had a strong December, going unbeaten before losing on New Year’s Day to Rochdale, Paul Lambert’s side last chalked up a league win on November 5th when they beat Rochdale.

“Ipswich won’t underestimate us,” said Coleman. “We believe when we go anywhere, we can win but they will be wanting to get their season back on track as they have not been on the best of runs of late.

“It will be tough, we know that, but we expect that.

“I have watched some of their recent games and luck has deserted them in a few of them but you have to battle through that and if you start putting in performances, the results will come.

“I have never been to Portman Road so I am looking forward to that, it’s one of nine grounds out of the 92 I haven’t visited so I will tick that off on Saturday.

“If you look where Ipswich and Accrington were 10/12 years ago, we were poles apart and that should give hope to other clubs, similar to us, that good things can happen and you don’t always need a rich sugar daddy to do it.”

Stanley have played Ipswich twice in the last two seasons – beating them in the FA Cup last season and League One in October.

Coleman hopes to have striker Colby Bishop back after a back injury, he returned to training today.

Winger Jordan Clark sat out Tuesday’s Leasing.com Trophy penalty win at Fleetwood with a slight hamstring strain while defender Mark Hughes was rested.

Former Reds striker Kayden Jackson has seven goals so far for Ipswich while Janoi Donacien and Toto Nsiala are ex-Stanley players in Ipswich’s ranks.


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