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INTERVIEW: Coley on Saturday's game against Peterborough

The Reds will begin this season's Sky Bet League One campaign at home to Peterborough United

10 September 2020

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman is hoping his side can stamp their authority on the game during Saturday's opening league game against Peterborough United, despite the visitors being one of the favourites to win the division.

Colby Bishop and Joe Pritchard both missed Tuesday night's game against Leeds United Under-21s, and Coleman stated that both players are set to train this week.

"It's just a case of trying to get ourselves into optimum condition for Saturday, we're training on the pitch today to try and get a feel for it.

"We're slowly getting the injured players back into the frame now, Colby's going to train this week so we won't have too many long-term injuries.

"Colby hasn't trained for a month really.

"We're hoping Joe's going to train this week so we'll know more today and tomorrow I suppose."

The Reds secured their first victory of the season on Tuesday night, but Coleman admitted that he isn't focusing too much on that game.

"We're not reading anything at all into it, but it's nice for your forwards to score and we're more concerned about getting the patterns of play going.

"We do a lot of training against our youth team as well so it's no different to that really."

Coleman's side have operated with a defensive three for the first two games of the season, and he explained that any team must be capable of playing a number of different styles.

"I think you've always got to be fluid and you've got to be able to change it, you've got to have three or four systems that you can play.

"We've always had a style of football here, we've tried to play high tempo, high energy, good passing and attractive football.

"Certainly at home we've got to try and stamp our authority on games and get our style being the dominant style.

"The best style of football is when you're playing in and around the other team's box."

Loanee Tariq Uwakwe grabbed a debut hat-trick during Tuesday night's 7-0 win, and the 20-year-old has already made a good impression on Coleman.

"Obviously you want to score goals, whether you're in training or playing games.

"Tariq's a confidence player but he's certainly impressed me in the short time I've seen him play."

Darren Ferguson's side are one of the favourites for the Sky Bet League One title, but Coleman hopes it's his side that can apply themselves to the game on Saturday afternoon. 

"They are one of the favourites but that goes out of the window when it's 11 versus 11, they've spent a lot of money in the summer, their marquee signings being Jonson Clarke-Harris and Sammie Szmodics.

"On a Saturday when it's three o'clock, it's 11 versus 11 and it's the ones who apply themselves better and hopefully we can apply ourselves well on Saturday."

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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