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INTERVIEW: Coley previews the trip to Crewe

Reds boss likes crossing swords with Dave Artell

22 February 2021

John Coleman says he enjoys locking horns with Crewe manager Dave Artell as the two meet at Gresty Road tomorrow night (KO 7pm).

The Reds boss was still frustrated that his side drew with Shrewsbury Town on Saturday after going ahead through Seamus Conneely.

It knocked Stanley out of the Play-Off spots but the seventh placed Reds have a chance to move back into the top six with victory tomorrow night.

Crewe are in 14th place, six points behind the Reds and having played two games more, but they have only lost three of their last 14 games – and drawn six of them.

The Reds boss said: “I was disappointed on Saturday, the first goal should have been the winner for anyone, with the conditions like that it’s a complete flip of the coin as to what happens in the game.

“We have got high expectations of ourselves but you have got to be realistic and Saturday’s game was virtually impossible to play football. We are disappointed we didn’t win the game but we could have easily lost it.

“It was always going to be one of their days, hopefully the wind will have dropped for Tuesday as that was a key factor and it will be a totally different game, a team that plays a different system and style of football and we have to get ourselves tuned into that and get back to the way I know we can play.

“In my opinion, Crewe are one of the best teams in the league, the way they play their football and I remember the FA Cup exit last year where they were good value for 2-0.

“When they get their groove when they are playing they are difficult to stop but when we get in our groove we are difficult to stop.

“Dave’s got a good style of football, he is a good character, I like his approach to footy, I like crossing swords with him.

“There is always a bit of banter on the sidelines and he has done remarkably well. I like his manner, the way he goes about his business and he is young enough to climb the ladder.”

Coleman admits he enjoys playing against teams like Crewe, who play passing football.

“It’s a better game to watch. The Plymouth games were good to watch – two teams who play open football – the Doncaster game was a good one to watch, but you can’t dictate how other teams play. Sometimes they will play really good football, they will be up for the game, they will try their best to match you and we have got to try and go that extra yard again and I know we have it in our locker to do that.

“We have got a style of football and we are getting the balance right now in between going long and going short and we have a cracking set of lads and lads who are champing at the bit to get in the team.”

Stanley beat Crewe 1-0 earlier in the season at the Wham Stadium with a Colby Bishop goal.

“I don’t think we have done the double over any one but we haven’t played a lot of teams twice yet.

“As always, we will give it out best shot. We don’t go anywhere to draw, it’s always to win.

“What has materialised this year is there are no easy games, everyone is capable of beating each other.

“What you have to try and do is keep the scoreboard ticking over with points.

“On another day we could have lost the game Saturday so it’s another point but too many draws will hamper you trying to be successful and we want a successful season which will lead to promotion.”

Striker Paul Smyth came off against Shrewsbury but Coleman is hoping he will be available tomorrow while Sean McConville returns from his four game back.

Joe Pritchard is expected back in full training at the end of the week.

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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