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INTERVIEW: Coley on Saturday's trip to face AFC Wimbledon

Stanley manager John Coleman looks ahead to Saturday's trip to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

1 October 2020

Ahead of Accrington Stanley's trip to face AFC Wimbledon, manager John Coleman stressed that he wants his players to pass the ball better and start asking more questions of the opposition.

The Reds suffered a 4-1 defeat to Oxford United last weekend and Coleman admitted that his side needed to be much better in the first half.

"It's just one of them games when things get out of your control and as much as we'd like to keep them in control, it's difficult.

"Watching the game back, Oxford were better than us in the first half but in the second half the game changed, we made the two changes and changed the shape of the team, and we were far more effective.

"They didn't really trouble us as they were more concerned about defending us, and we got the goal deservedly."

Referee Ross Joyce showed Dion Charles a straight red card for an alleged stamp during the defeat, and Coleman explained that the club had been unsuccessful in appealing the striker's three-game ban. 

"The major talking point was the sending off and we've lost an appeal, I don't know how because if you speak to everybody connected with the referees, you speak to Oxford and they come out and support us and say Dion hasn't stamped on anybody.

"Yet we haven't got enough evidence to say that he hasn't, when you look at the video and we've got a better camera at the top, he doesn't do anything.

"He's got that stain on his character now and he loses money because he loses appearance money, and it's not right.

"We've now lost him for three games and you've just got to get on with it, it's just part and parcel of life of being involved in football."

After beating Peterborough United on the opening day, Coleman's side have lost their last two games and he was keen to stress that his players need to work harder in both defence and attack.

"I still think we're a work in progress, a lot of young players and we've got to get better quickly.

"We set a decent standard of workrate, work ethic and good football against Peterborough, and we've dropped off that standard.

"We've got to pass the ball better, we've got to work harder defensively and offensively, and we've got to start asking more questions of the opposition."

This weekend's hosts are currently unbeaten in Sky Bet League One and Coleman admitted that Glyn Hodges' side will be delighted with their start to the 2020/21 campaign.

"Every game we play in this league is going to be hard, Wimbledon know that we can give anybody a hard game and they certainly won't be taking us lightly.

"They have done well and they've found a way to win, I think they would have been delighted getting a draw away at Fleetwood, let alone a win.

"They've had some strange games, the 4-4 draw with Plymouth Argyle and the draw with Northampton Town, but all we can do is try and get back to playing the way we know we can play, which is on the front foot and good attacking football."

Winger Tariq Uwakwe had to sit out last weekend's defeat through injury, but Coleman is hoping that the 20-year-old will be back available for Saturday's game at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. 

"Hopefully we'll have Tariq back this week which will give us a little bit more firepower, I just think the longer the season goes on the better we'll get.

"Mo Sangare and Sean McConville are both on the verge of returning to training, we've got one or two knocks but nothing that's going to overly stretch us.

"I'm not ruling out bringing in somebody before the weekend."

The full pre-match interview video with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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