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INTERVIEW: Coley bids to end 'horrendous' away record

Reds make the trip to Charlton in hunt for victory

18 October 2021

John Coleman says his Accrington Stanley side will be revved up to go again as they look to cure their travel sickness when the make the trip to Charlton Athletic tomorrow night.

The Reds have played seven away games so far this season and have won one – Crewe – while losing five.

Their latest defeat came on Saturday at Cheltenham and Coleman described their away form as ‘horrendous’ after the match.

They have a chance to put it right at The Valley, with Charlton currently 22nd in the League One table with two wins.

Stanley are 11th but are going through a tricky spell with one win in their last six league encounters.

“We have to pick ourselves up, we know we are a good team, we know we can play well and we have just got to find a way of getting back to enhancing our strengths and using our strengths which I don’t think we have done often enough this season,” said the Reds boss.

“I don’t think at any stage this season we have played badly but we haven’t played consistently well either.

“We are very much in fits and starts and we want to get consistency into our play, consistency into our system and style of football. We are getting a bit muddled at the moment and we have to sort it out.

“It’s the trials and tribulations of being a football manager and sometimes it’s hard as things are out of your control.

“You can’t get inside the minds of players but you have to continue to have a style you can go back to and relate to.”

He admitted he isn’t pressing the panic button yet as Stanley look to push back up the league.

But he also doesn’t want to give Charlton a lift for their season.

“This season is still in its infancy, we are just a quarter of the way through, we are still getting to know each other and each other’s style of play.

“I am hoping Charlton haven’t got a striker who hasn’t scored as they generally break their duck against us!

“We know it’s a tough place to go to, we know that teams respect the way we play and we have to give them a reason to respect us and that’s by playing to the best of our abilities.

“If you look at the last two league games, Ipswich we had nobody getting less than eight out of ten. On Saturday would we have many getting eight out of ten? Probably not and you have got to get everyone playing at their peak for away games and that’s what we will be aiming for tomorrow.

“It’s easier said than done but you have to keep going. When you are going through bad spells, you have got to get through them. That’s through hard work, through the staff and the players.”

Coleman admitted his side were carrying a few knocks from Saturday and players will be assessed.

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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