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INTERVIEW: John Coleman previews Lincoln City

Reds boss hoping for another thriller

19 November 2020

John Coleman is hoping for another thriller when Accrington Stanley take on fifth place Lincoln City on Saturday.

Sam Finley scored a 95th minute winner in a 4-3 victory in February with five goals in the second half.

The Imps, under Michael Appleton, have started this season well - although they have lost their last two league games - and have Jorge Grant among the top scorers in the division with eight goals, six in the league.

Tenth placed Stanley are on 18 points, four behind Lincoln, but have two games in hand.

“Lincoln are a good side, they score plenty of goals and they are well-organised, they are strong in all departments, have no flaws and have good players all over the park,” said Coleman.

“Last season was a thriller and I wouldn’t mind that again with the same outcome!”

The Reds have a good record against Lincoln at the Wham Stadium – they have won their last four league games, including the 1-0 victory in 2018 which saw Stanley crowned League Two champions.

“It was a good night but it counts for nothing now. It’s a different manager and many different players on both sides.”

Stanley go into the game in a rich vein of form, chalking up five wins in their previous six league games, with three successive league clean sheets.

They had a fantastic 3-0 win over Swindon on Tuesday, with all the goals coming in the first half.

“In the first half we were breath-taking with some of our play and it’s probably understandable we couldn’t quite reach those heights again in the second half but it was a good result.

“We are on a good run but we aren’t looking too far ahead, it’s a cliché but we are taking it one game at a time and our job is to try and replicate our own high standards.”

Coleman admits it’s an injury blow to lose both defender Ross Sykes and winger Tariq Uwakwe to knee injuries but midfielder Mo Sangare is back in training after being sidelined since almost the beginning of the campaign. Defender Harry Perritt is also not far off a return to action while striker Ryan Cassidy returns from international duty.

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