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INTERVIEW: Coley excited about road to Wembley

Reds take on Rochdale in first group game of Papa Johns Trophy

29 August 2022

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INTERVIEW: Coley excited about road to Wembley

Reds take on Rochdale in first group game of Papa Johns Trophy

29 August 2022

The road to Wembley begins again for Accrington Stanley as they take on Rochdale at home tomorrow night in the first group game of the Papa Johns Trophy (ko 7.45pm).

The Reds are also in a group with Salford City and Liverpool Under 21s as they look to progress to the knockout stages.

League Two Rochdale have just appointed former Morecambe boss Jim Bentley as their new manager as he looks to move them up the table, they are currently propping up the league with one point.

Boss John Coleman won't take anything for granted and, after three league draws so far and a penalty loss to Tranmere in the Carabao Cup at the Wham Stadium, he is hoping his side can chalk up a home win.

“People have got mixed feelings about this competition but I like it, it’s a good opportunity to keep your side ticking over,” said the Reds boss.

“It’s a realistic chance to get to Wembley which we haven’t been to. I say this every year but we will keep chipping away and one day we will get there.

“Rochdale haven’t had the best of starts, Tranmere hadn’t though when we played them.

“It’s a bit of a local derby and will give our players a chance to maybe find their shooting boots and try and score. It was the first time we hadn’t scored at home this season on Saturday (0-0 draw with Exeter) and that was disappointing.

“We have just got to make better use of the opportunities we are creating. We had good chances on Saturday, three realistic opportunities that we should take, but we defended resolutely which is pleasing.

“It’s our job to enthuse or enthral the crowd and I don’t think we did on Saturday, we didn’t get up a head of steam at any point.

“You can say it’s a chicken and egg, you need the fans behind you to give the players that little bit of oomph but it was flat on both accounts. We have to take the blame for that, we have to give the fans something to get on the edge of the seats and hopefully we will tomorrow.”

Coleman may juggle his squad to give those on the bench a chance to stake their claim for a first team place for the visit of Ipswich, who are unbeaten in the league this season, on Saturday.

“We don’t regard those that aren't playing as fringe players as all our players are capable of playing in the first team and the best ones on the day will play. This competition does give players a chance to stake a claim that’s for sure.”

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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