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INTERVIEW: Coley previews tomorrow night's trip to Hull

Reds boss hopes to get back to winning ways at promotion-chasing Tigers

18 January 2021

John Coleman knows his side have to quickly move on from Saturday’s loss to Gillingham as they make the trip to second place Hull City tomorrow night (ko 5.30pm).

Stanley have lost just twice in 12 league games but Coleman admitted the 1-0 loss to Steve Evans’ side hit him hard.

But he has no time to dwell on it, with the focus now on the Tigers, who are six points ahead of the Reds although ninth placed Stanley have three games in hand.

“I am still disappointed with Saturday but we have got to move on, we can’t dwell on it,” said the Reds boss.

“You don’t get too carried away with the wins and you certainly don’t get too carried away with defeats.

“We know there are areas where we need to improve and we did improve in the second half, we just didn’t have that little bit of luck in front of goal but we had enough chances to win that game.

“We have to move forward and try and turn in a good solid performance against Hull and hopefully things will go for us and we will get the result we feel we can get.”

The only time the Reds have played Hull was in the League Cup in 2015, when they were in the Championship under Steve Bruce and Stanley were in League Two.

It finished 0-0 at full-time and 2-2 after extra-time with Hull winning on penalties.

“If someone had told me then we would be playing them in a league game….

“It was a massive game for us. I can remember playing against Hull for Morecambe in the FA Cup and that was a huge game for us then.

“I have watched them so I know a bit about them, they are a good side, they are where they are on merit and it’s going to be a tough game. Our lads seem to get up for the big games and hopefully this will be no exception.

“Every three points is a big scalp they are all as important as each other. We need to make it a tough game for the opposition and that’s by playing good football and getting  back to playing better passing football than we did on Saturday, certainly in the first half.”

Coleman is hopeful midfielder Matt Butcher is fit after coming off in the first half with a broken nose on Saturday.

“It was a bad injury, it’s probably just stopped bleeding now but we are hoping Matt will be available for tomorrow.”

Coleman had added Gary Roberts to his squad during the transfer window and is still on the hunt for more.

“We have one or two irons in the fire, we are looking to get a couple done by 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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