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INTERVIEW: Coley wants to cure his side's travel sickness

Reds looking to put it right on the road at Cheltenham

14 October 2021

John Coleman needs his players to cure their travel sickness as they travel to Cheltenham on Saturday and then Charlton next Tuesday.

The Reds take on the Robins looking to improve on their record of just one win in their six League One away games so far – and four defeats.

Stanley’s home record has been strong as they sit 11th in the table with Cheltenham 18th, having won two of their five games at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Coleman is full of praise for his counterpart, former Burnley defender Michael Duff, who led Cheltenham to the League Two title last season.

He said: “I am very impressed with Michael Duff, he is the right age to go onto better things and that’s no disrespect to Cheltenham. I can’t praise him highly enough for what he has done. They are impressive, he has a good squad who play good football.”

The Reds won their last League One game at home to Ipswich but rested last week due to Fleetwood’s international call-ups.

“We did well against Ipswich, we worked hard, but we have got to improve our form on the road.

“I think we are up there in the stats table for unforced errors leading to goals and we have to eliminate that.

“Most of the games, we defend quite well but we give silly goals away. We have to do it on the road, we have to find a way to win away from home and we have been working on that all week.

“The players have had a few days off to recharge their batteries and we had a good hard session on Monday.

“Sometimes it’s a welcome break, sometimes it isn’t. With the couple of injuries we had, I think it will do us good but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and you are only as good as the next game you play, Cheltenham on Saturday.

“Having a break though, does give you a chance to look at where you are in the league, where you can be better, you analyse yourself a bit more.

“We have got to be careful that every time you have a good result you don’t get carried away with it. I don’t get too high or too low and that’s been my mindset for the last five or six years because I used to get extremely low when things went wrong.

“Now I enjoy the challenge of putting things back together again. We have a great set of lads who want to work hard, you are halfway there if you have lads who are keen to work.”

Coleman said some of his long-term injuries are close to a first team return.

“We have got three or four long-term that are slowly coming into the short term. Harvey Rodgers is running again, Joe Pritchard isn’t a million miles away, Joe Hardy isn’t far away, Joel Mumbongo should be back training this week so we are going in the right direction.”

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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