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INTERVIEW: Coley wants to avenge Burton defeat

Reds boss looks ahead to Good Friday clash at Wham Stadium

13 April 2022

Accrington Stanley are back at the Wham Stadium for Good Friday as they look to put on a show against 17th placed Burton Albion.

The 14th placed Reds drew 4-4 in their last outing at the Wham and then lost at Wigan before celebrating a much-needed away win at Fleetwood Town – their first victory on their travels since November.

John Coleman’s side have performed well at home and also want to avenge a 4-0 thumping at the Pirelli Stadium in November which the Reds boss has described previously as the ‘worst display of the season.’

“We will try to put this right,” said Coleman. “We were poor that day but you can’t take anything away from Burton, they played well on the day, they scored the goals that they did, but it was just like a circus show for us.

“When you have games like that you relish the chance of putting it right when you play them again.”

Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s side have not scored in four games – but have managed to shut out promotion-chasing Plymouth and leaders Wigan in their last two games.

“Burton don’t concede a lot, 0-0 on Tuesday night against the league leaders.

“They haven’t been conceding and there is the added spice that two players we tried to sign in January went to them instead.

“Burton have good people in charge who know they game but we have got to get back to making the Wham a fortress it can be. We want to keep clean sheets but our main focus is scoring goals.”

Defender Ross Sykes comes back into the fold after serving his two match-suspension while Coleman has got plenty of choice after the Under 23s put on a strong show in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup semi-final on Monday night against Burnley.

“There were some unbelievable performances on Monday night against Burnley and that bodes well for the future.

“We have a couple of niggles and we also have to think about players playing twice in four days.”

The other good news was the return of striker Rhys Fenlon after a double hamstring injury which has sidelined him for most of the season. He scored against the Clarets in the 3-1 loss.

“I was pleased for Rhys, getting on the pitch and scoring, he is a talent and hopefully we can get it out of him,” added Coleman.

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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