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INTERVIEW: Coley wants more memorable cup nights

Reds take on Tranmere Rovers in Carabao Cup first round

8 August 2022

John Coleman is hoping for more memorable days in the Carabao Cup as Accrington Stanley take on Tranmere Rovers in the first round tomorrow night.

The Reds boss mentioned facing West Ham at the London Stadium, beating Burnley thanks to a Matty Pearson extra-time goal, both in 2016, and overcoming Nottingham Forest in 2006 courtesy of a Paul Mullin strike.

“We have some good memories in the League Cup,” said the Reds boss. “Beating Forest was great, beating Burnley here and going to play the first cup game in the London Stadium, we have had some good games in this tournament.

“People can get blasé about it, when me and Jimmy (Bell) first came here, if someone said you would be playing in the League Cup you would have got carted out in white coats. I don’t get blasé about it.

“We have just got to try and win the game, we won’t be taking it any easier with trying to win the game as we want to keep on a roll.

“Obviously we are playing at home as well, the last time we played Tranmere at home in a cup match we got beat so that’s something we want to rectify.

“The lads are in a good mood at the moment and we have got to keep that going and the way to do that is by getting a positive result.”

Stanley have won one and drawn one in their opening two League One fixtures while Micky Mellon’s side have lost both of their opening League Two encounters.

“I know from our point of view we have to build a mentality here that winning is everything and if you get that belief in the players it can snowball as we have seen in the past.

“We just have to try and beat what’s in front of us and get the winning mentality in the squad and that goes for everything you do, training, playing cards on coach, I just want to win.

“We have got to embrace the competition and not be afraid. It never always goes your way but you can learn from it when it doesn’t and try and it will make you stronger for next crack you have at it.”

Coleman was waiting on the results of a scan on defender Jay Rich-Baghuelou after he came off injured in the first half in the 1-0 win at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Former Stanley loanee Joel Mumbongo has signed for Tranmere from Burnley.

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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