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INTERVIEW: Coley on the trip to Peterborough

Reds looking to do the double over promotion-chasing Posh

25 March 2021

Accrington Stanley will be looking to do the double over automatic promotion-chasing Peterborough but the Posh will be out to get back to winning ways.

The two sides clash at London Road on Saturday after the Reds beat Darren Ferguson’s side 2-0 on the opening day of the 2020/2021 season.

Second placed Posh enjoyed a strong February with six successive league wins but have only won one of their last six league games, losing to in-form Blackpool on Tuesday night.

Jonson Clarke-Harris is their top scorer with 22 goals while Sammie Szodics has ten goals and four assists.

“I have watched Peterborough, I know all about them and they will want to play better than they did against Blackpool and if they play better, they have a good chance of winning games because they have won a lot of games this season,” said Stanley boss John Coleman.

“You need luck as well. If you look at Peterborough v Blackpool, there was nothing in the game at 1-1 and around five/ten minutes into second half, the ball bounces into the box, it hits someone on the arm, no one really appealed, a penalty is given, Blackpool take the lead and go on and win the game.

“On other day that doesn’t get given and it’s a totally different game. That’s how much luck plays a part in football and you can’t call when it will happen for you.

“All you can do is try and play in the opposition’s box so, if things go wrong, they don’ t reflect too badly on you.

“If you are spending a lot of time in the other team’s box you are not going to give a penalty away, you are more likely to get one.

“You are not going to make a silly mistake around their box that leads to a goal for them, it’s more likely they are going to do that.

“You have got to invade and the more time you spend in the other team’s half the more chance you have of winning the game.”

Coleman admitted not having a midweek game was a huge relief after a relentless campaign so far for his injury-hit side.

“It’s something we desperately needed, we were screaming for it. You get to the situation where you are scared to train as you don’t want to lose anymore players.

“We are going down like flies, it’s so frustrating because we have had such a good year and we want to keep going.

“It’s getting harder and harder with all the injuries but the lads are showing great character, great personalities, and hopefully we will get through it and get some more wins before now and the end of the season and knock on the door of the Play-Offs and then, who knows, get in them?”

The Reds boss has praise for the players who have stepped up to the mark as Stanley have been hampered with injuries to key players such as Colby Bishop, Joe Pritchard and Seamus Conneely.

They will also be without Dion Charles this weekend as he is on Northern Ireland international duty as the Reds look to build on Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

“We have lads who are ready to step up and show their worth to the squad which we saw on Saturday.

“Players are getting thrown in the deep end and it’s very difficult but the likes of Joe Maguire, who hasn’t played a league game all season, did ever so well on Saturday.

“Ben (Barclay) was out the team for a while and came in and did ever so well and the same for Harvey (Rodgers). Morgs (David Morgan) is just starting to play league football and is finding his feet and doing well.

“Sean (McConville) hasn’t played up front for a while and he answered the call on Saturday. I am pleased with the character of the squad.

“We could hide behind the injuries but we are not going to, I am pleased with the squad we have, I am pleased with the way the lads who have been called in have responded and we will give it our best shot on Saturday.

“Colby, Seamus and Joe Pritchard are not far off but this week might come too soon.

“We have got to be mindful is that we still have quite a few games to play and you don’t want to rush people back, get them back for one game and then lose them for the rest of the season.”

Coleman knows now the big thing is to try and build on Saturday’s win and go on a run in a tightly-packed Play-Off chase.

“We got the win against Swindon and didn’t back it up and you have to back them up. Every game we play will be tough whether they are at the top or bottom end of the table and we are prepared for that.

“Anyone who puts a run together has a chance, everyone is craving that run that Burton went on, six or seven wins, Oxford were on a good run before Christmas as well.

“If you pick up a lot of points in a short space of time you are catapulted up there and we would love to do that and I am sure a lot of other teams would too.”

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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