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INTERVIEW: Coley on the attack

Reds boss hoping team can turn on attacking style against Bolton

9 December 2021

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman knows his side need to convert their chances especially at home – starting with the visit of Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

The Reds boss was rueing missed opportunities on Tuesday night as Stanley lost 2-0 to AFC Wimbledon, following back-to-back wins in League One.

Bolton, who are 16th in the League One table, one point behind 13th-placed Stanley, come to the Wham Stadium in a mixed form, like the Reds,

They have four wins in their last 12 league games – and six defeats in that including a 3-0 loss to Fleetwood on Tuesday night.

“Football is a rollercoaster,” said Coleman. “Bolton have had some unbelievable highs this year, they have played some really good, attractive football and were among the top goalscorers for long periods of the season.

“Then sometimes they find a way to lose, that was the case on Tuesday. If you look at the game, there were chances for both teams.

“For us, Tuesday’s loss was body blow, because you think you are turning a corner.

“Saying that, in this league, there are 11 teams who would change places with us so coming into the Christmas period. If we can be in and around mid-table, you have to say we have done reasonably well.

“We have been a little bit disappointed with our points return because we know we are better than what we have shown and for a team who have conceded as many goals as we have done, we are not that bad defensively.

“Every time we make a mistake we get punished, other teams do it and don’t get punished.

“There might be a couple of changes in January but we have all got to work together.

“I would like us to be a more inventive and when we get the inventive players back, then you can judge us on that.”

Matt Butcher and Tommy Leigh returned to training while David Morgan is about a week away and Joe Pritchard isn’t far off a return, although he won’t be rushed.

Captain Seamus Conneely had a scan today after coming off on Tuesday but Coleman was hopeful it was just a precaution.

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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