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INTERVIEW: Coley wants to 'right a few wrongs' at Fleetwood

Club considering sending off appeal

8 November 2021

John Coleman says he will be going to Fleetwood tomorrow night in the final Papa John’s Trophy final Group G game to ‘right a few wrongs.’

Both sides have qualified for the knock-out stages with Fleetwood currently top of the table with six points.

Stanley are one behind with five points and the winner of the clash will lead the way and get a home draw in the next round.

The Reds boss admitted he was still gutted about Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup 5-1 loss to League Two promotion contenders Port Vale and want to put it right tomorrow.

The club are also considering appealing Colby Bishop’s dismissal which could see them lose the striker for three games.

“I was disappointed the way we capitulated on Saturday,” said Coleman. “You shouldn’t always capitulate when you go down to ten men. I have to take some of the blame.

“You are chasing the game in the FA Cup, you only get one go and you are trying to stay in the competition. When would you go two at the back? Very rarely but that’s what we have done.

“My overriding my feeling is I am disappointed we lost, in the end they ran out worthy winners as they scored and battered us in the last 25 minutes.

“The biggest disappointment is we are losing Colby for three games. We are going to get punished four times for an error of judgement by an official.

“The odds are he didn’t see their lad trip Colby but you can see it on the video. A well-respected ex-Premier League referee told me that the best option is a yellow each and it’s definitely not an elbow, yet he has been sent off for an elbow.

“We are waiting to see what’s come through. He clearly hasn’t elbowed him but if they say he has put his hand by the lad’s neck is that cause for sending off? By the letter of the law you run the risk.

“Life’s sometimes not fair, on Saturday it wasn’t but I am sure there are times when it goes in our favour.”

Simon Grayson’s Fleetwood Town lost to Burton in the FA Cup and are currently in the relegation places in the League One table.

“We have both qualified, there is a little bit of money to be made from the game but you want to win especially when you have just been beaten 5-1, you want to get back on the horse and try and win. We have got chances to plot out a few things for Saturday’s game with Plymouth as well.

“We will be contesting every challenge. Fleetwood are a good team, a lot of their youngsters who they would have liked to play are away on international duty which is a blow for them.

“But it is two teams who are upset and wanting to right a few wrongs.”

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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