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INTERVIEW: Coley happy with attacking options

Reds switch focus to MK Dons after FGR postponement

18 August 2022


INTERVIEW: Coley happy with attacking options

Reds switch focus to MK Dons after FGR postponement

18 August 2022

John Coleman has switched his focus to MK Dons after the postponement of Tuesday’s match at Forest Green Rovers.

The waterlogged pitch meant it was a wasted journey to Gloucestershire and now the Reds make the trip to Buckinghamshire, looking to build on their first away victory at Shrewsbury.

Coleman has been full of praise for his attacking options, despite the loss of Colby Bishop and John O’Sullivan during the summer.

The unbeaten Reds have scored seven goals in their three league games so far.

“We are making chances,” said Coleman. “We made a hell of a lot of chances last season, I think we were third in the league for chances created, and we are getting shots off but we need to get more on target.

“Matt (Lowe) has played a pivotal role in the way he has led the line, he has been carrying an injury as well so that’s credit to him.

“Kody (Adedoyin) and Josh (Woods) give us a different option and then we signed Touray (Sisay) and unfortunately we haven’t seen him because of a calf injury.

“Enoch (Lusiama) and Rhys (Fenlon) have gone out on loan which will develop them further.

“We don’t want to become predictable and one-dimensional and we also have Shaun Whalley, Joe Pritchard, Sean McConville and Tommy Leigh who are very attacking so, in a blink, we have six or seven really attacking players on the pitch, playing different positions.

“People see the team sheet and because they don’t see two recognised strikers they think we are playing one up front, we have been playing three up front. I keep saying it, people don’t believe me!”

From the games so far, Coleman is pleased but hoping to see more from his side.

“It’s early days, there are still improvements and that’s possibly acceptable. In the league games we have played well in two and a half of them, we are always striving to be better.

“The injuries have been a problem as they have all come in one area, defensively, but the lads who have stepped in have done well.

“We have lads who are keen to do well and work hard. If you look at our performances this season, the one thing you can say is that they have been going right to the end and that’s pleasing.”

He continued:  “We said at the start of the season that our focus was on defending and we haven’t done as well as we should have done. We shouldn’t be conceding four at home against any team, that’s something we have to tighten up. The goals are avoidable but players don’t make mistakes on purpose.”

MK Dons lost in the Play-Off semi-finals to Wycombe Wanderers last season but, in the summer, sold Scott Twine to Burnley, he had 20 goals and 13 assists last season; Troy Parrott, with 10 goals and seven assists, returned to parent club Tottenham before being loaned to Preston and Harry Darling, with ten goals, was sold to Swansea City.

After three defeats, they got off the mark in the league on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Port Vale.

“Any team losing that amount of goals in the team, losing Scott and Troy, is always going to be a problem for them but I am pleased they got a result midweek as I didn’t want us going there looking for them to get off the mark.

“It will pose different problems, they will play a slightly different system to what they played last season.

“But we know if we put the effort in we are capable of getting the rewards. We need a little  bit of luck along the way, but the players have given their all in the four games so far and, as a manager, you can’t be disappointed in that.”

Michael Nottingham will have an operation which will delay his return as will Jay Rich-Baghuelou, who is out for the season.

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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