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INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to Oldham encounter

Reds boss keen to progress in Carabao Cup

23 August 2021

The games are coming thick and fast with Accrington Stanley making the short trip to Oldham Athletic tomorrow in the second round of the Carabao Cup (ko 7pm).

The League Two side, managed by Keith Curle, are in a state of turmoil with fans unrest at their ownership.

They haven’t won a league game yet but beat Tranmere on penalties in the first round of the cup.

Stanley boss John Coleman knows there is a possibility of a Premier League club in the third round if they can overcome Oldham but isn’t looking too far ahead.

Of their five games so far this season in all competitions, the Reds have won four, and Coleman won’t make too many changes for tomorrow night.

“We are mindful of the fact we want to win every game and it’s churlish when you start trying to pick and choose what your priorities are,” said the Reds boss.

“The priorities are the next game you play. I won’t change from that and I don’t want the players to change from that.

“We know we need to get minutes into players but our first priority is to win the game and we owe that to the fans.

“Winning is a great habit to be in, wins tend to breed more wins.

“Every game we play is designed to try and win and try and make us stronger and we have got stronger since the start of the season.”

Of the Oldham situation, Coleman said: “There are a lot of things out of Keith’s control and, when that happens, you have to keep trying to motivate yourself and your staff and remain focused.

“It is difficult as there are a lot of external factors that change your focus but at 7pm tomorrow when the referee blows the whistle, it will be a game of football and for those 90 minutes you can put it to the back of your mind.

“That’s what got us through when we were going through this turmoil, when we were on the verge of collapse, you can put it to bed for 90 minutes and that’s what got us through.”

Stanley have faced Burnley, Newcastle, West Ham and West Brom, among others, in previous cup competitions but Coleman is just concentrating on the trip to Boundary Park.

“It would be great if we could but we have got to try and beat Oldham who will be up for the game as much as anybody.

“We haven’t had the luck of the draw ever since I have been here with cup draws so I am not worried about that, I am just trying to win the next game.”

Coleman has been full of praise for the Stanley fans who, after a year of not seeing their team live, have already made a big impression.

“When you get the win and go over to the fans, the thrill, it makes it all worthwhile and hopefully there are more of those occasions throughout the season.

“It’s even nice to have away fans trying to get behind their team, roaring for decisions, and giving me abuse! It’s all part and parcel of the game.”

There are no new injury worries apart from, Coleman said, a ‘few bumps and bruises.’

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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