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INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to the trip to Fleetwood

Reds boss desperate for away boost and point to confirm League One status

7 April 2022


INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to the trip to Fleetwood

Reds boss desperate for away boost and point to confirm League One status

7 April 2022

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman is desperate for a win at relegation-threatened Fleetwood Town to get the Reds back on track and confirm League One football for next season.

Stanley have not won in five games and Coleman has voiced his frustrations at the away record – the Reds have not won now in nine successive outings on their travels.

One point would confirm their status in League One for next season and the Reds manager knows wins are now important to boost morale going into next season.

Fleetwood are two places above the relegation spots with a game in hand but have won just one of their last 15 games.

“When you go through adversity, it makes you stronger and better and I have had enough tough spells in the past and it helps me,” said Coleman.

“The better teams are filled with players who make better decisions and make them quicker and generally get them right, that’s what makes them better players, and we saw that against Wigan on Tuesday.

“We controlled the first half hour of the game, but if don’t take your chances you get punished. It’s a combination of mistakes and superior quality from the opposition.

“Our away record is frustrating and it’s the little breaks that don’t go for you. We didn’t execute our game plan for as long as what we should have against Wigan. We wanted to press them and their three attacking players but we didn’t get close enough and, if you don’t get close enough to good players, they will hurt you. That’s something for us to learn from.

“We are in a situation where we are having to teach players on the job and so they will make mistakes. I would like to think we will get better, you are always striving on being better and improving.

“What you have to do now is focus on the next game. You have to be positive, don’t dwell on mistakes and look forward on how you can influence the next game.

“We will be going out on Saturday to work harder than the opposition and hopefully play better.

“I would like to get a win so we are mathematically safe.”

It is tight in the relegation fight as there as Fleetwood and Morecambe are just one point above Gillingham, who occupy the last relegation place.

“There will be a lot of twists and turns between now and the end of the season and nothing will be decided on Saturday,” said Coleman.

“You don’t go into games thinking ‘I want to dent someone’s prospects.’

“You go in as you have an undying will to win that’s been homed in you since you were a child.

“That goes for everyone here. You only have to look at how much the lads want to win at head tennis.

“This is business, work, and this is your livelihood and people are paying hard-earned money to watch you to perform to the best of your ability and that’s the minimum you should be doing.”

Defender Ross Sykes is suspended for his final match while Harry Pell is out with a foot injury.

“Harry is not as bad as we thought but it’s a big ask for him to play again this season. We have one or two bumps and bruises but nothing too major, we have a healthy competition for places.”

The full pre-match interview with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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