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INTERVIEW: Coley on facing Bristol Rovers

"Paul is a good manager': Reds boss looks ahead as Stanley play catch-up

1 February 2021

Accrington Stanley take on Paul Tisdale’s Bristol Rovers tomorrow night in the first of three successive games at the Wham Stadium.

The Gas, currently 19th in the league, visit tomorrow night followed by Northampton Town on Saturday and then Plymouth Argyle next Tuesday.

Bristol Rovers last won in the league on January 2nd against Blackpool and have five defeats in their last six league encounters.

The ninth placed Reds have won one and drawn one of their last two games and are looking to use their games in hand to move into the top six.

“We have only had one day preparation for Bristol Rovers and we are still in recovery mode after a long journey there and back to Plymouth on Saturday but we will do our best," said the Reds boss.

“It is hard having games in quick succession as you are preparing for differing teams so each tactical set up is different.

“We don’t believe in altering ourselves too much to suit the opposition but we have got to be mindful of the threats the opposition pose.

“In the last two games, in the main, the shape has been very impressive and the lads have bought into what we want to do and they have responded well to the coaching we have given them. Tactically we have been quite strong over the last two games.”

Coleman admits he doesn’t mind having a flurry of games as they play catch-up with the rest of the league.

“I love being involved in football matches, that’s the best part of the job for me. I love the stress, I love it when your stomach is in knots and Gary Roberts will testify I think I must have said to him 50 times on Saturday, I wish it was 5 o’ clock when we were leading! I know the players love it, they would rather play than train.”

Coleman has said before that when the Reds have the tag of favourites they have struggled against teams but he doesn’t believe they will be the favourites for tomorrow.

“Bristol Rovers are a bigger club than us.

“Paul is a good manager, it’s nice to see him back in football, he has a good pedigree and plays football the right way.

“I know every team is capable of beating us, I believe we can beat anyone but also know, certainly in League One this season, that you are capable of losing to anyone.

“Bristol Rovers are a good side and we have to be at our best every time we play.

“I have seen enough this season that you can’t take any game for granted, every team you play poses its own problems. All the bottom teams, we haven’t really done well against so we have to try and focus on the way we play, bear in mind what threat the opposition pose and try and take away the expectation of the players and just try and do your best.

“If we can get to the highs of Hull and Plymouth for big parts we have a chance, but it’s only a chance.”

Mo Sangare, Ross Sykes and Lamine Kaba Sherif are long-term injuries with Ryan Cassidy and Gary Roberts also struggling for tomorrow night.

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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