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INTERVIEW: Coley wants points on the road

Reds boss looks ahead to trip to Crewe

19 August 2021

John Coleman is determined to get off the mark on the road as Accrington Stanley make the trip to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Dave Artell’s side have picked up one point out of their three League One games so far while the Reds have won their two home games.

Stanley lost their opener at Wycombe and Coleman knows how important it is to pick up points on their travels.

“We have got to be mindful that we just don’t become a home team,” said the Reds boss. “The quicker we get points on the road, the better for everyone as your only success comes if you take points on the road.

“We haven’t had that good a record at Crewe so hopefully we can rectify that.

“Crewe are good on the eye and we believe the way we play is attractive to watch. You know the way they are going to play and we have got to be prepared for that.

“It’s easier said than done stopping them passing it, they can be a handful, but it doesn’t mean you can’t beat them.”

He continued: “I was disappointed with the way we played at Wycombe for long periods, particularly the way we defended.

“If you give yourselves a base and a platform and defend well as a team then you have a chance of scoring goals.

“You always have a chance in this league of scoring goals as a lot of defenders make a lot of mistakes and if you can cut yours out, you can guarantee they will happen at the other end but you need to be patient.

“A lot of goals are scored from set-plays and we have got a lot of height in that department but we have just got to tidy ourselves up.

“I keep banging on about sickness in the camp but in the last two games we have gone out like a light after 60/70 minutes.

“On one hand, you wish you have a more in-depth squad with experienced players to see those games out and not have to keep the lads on who are struggling but you have to make them decisions and hope they go right.

“If we defend, we have got a chance. The longer the season goes on and we get up to speed, we will be a better team.”

So far Stanley’s league goals have so far come from midfield in Matt Butcher and Harry Pell but Coleman is confident his strikers, Colby Bishop and Dion Charles, will find their form.

“We have lacked goals from midfield for a couple of years so that’s a big bonus but I still want my forwards to score as I know how much that breeds the confidence. Dion and Colby both had chances the other night and if they keep getting chances they will score goals.

“The more chances you make, inevitably the more goals you score.

“It doesn’t always feel that way, you get the perception we are missing chances, but we have always been an attacking team so I can’t see us changing any time soon.

“You don’t abandon your defensive duties but I am a firm believer that the best way of defending is attacking.

“Against Doncaster on Tuesday, we let them have a lot of the ball but on the flip side they didn’t hurt us, our keeper hasn’t made a save and we dealt with all the balls into the box.

“But, if you carry on doing that, you will pay the price, you will make a mistake or they will get some luck. The better way is to occupy them further up the field. We will work on that and get better.”

Coleman is hoping, as the season goes on, the younger players can come in and make an impact.

“I am happy the way our Under 23s are going, there is a pathway from our 18s to the first team now.

“That’s been a conscious decision. The 23s will supplement the first team but they are ones for the future. If you get one or two into the first team or sell one or two it’s a worthwhile project.”

Keeper Toby Savin is back after having to isolate.

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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