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INTERVIEW: Biggest derby I have been involved in says Coley

Reds face derby rivals Morecambe in relegation battle

28 December 2022

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INTERVIEW: Biggest derby I have been involved in says Coley

Reds face derby rivals Morecambe in relegation battle

28 December 2022

John Coleman admits tomorrow's League One match at local rivals Morecambe is ‘the biggest derby I have been involved in.’

Both clubs are battling at the wrong end of the table, Stanley in 20th place, one point above the bottom four, and Morecambe propping up the table, with two league wins all season.

The Reds beat the Shrimps on October 1st - their last home win - and Stanley are unbeaten in six in all competitions.

Coleman said: “This is probably the biggest derby game I have been involved in because the stakes are so high.

“If you look at Morecambe, they only seem to lose by the odd goal, they have been unlucky in that sense.

“We have to be mindful that they don’t get a bounce, get a response, and we are expecting them to come at us head on and we have to do exactly the same.

“They will have home advantage, the fans will come out in their numbers from both sections and they are generally good, entertaining games. I have a lot of affection for Morecambe."

When asked if it's a must-win or a don't lose game for Stanley, Coleman said: “I view every game as a must-win and they will probably feel that too.

“I like Derek Adams, he is a footy nut, I like people who are obsessed with football and he is a good guy.

“I played with John McMahon when I was at Morecambe, he is their assistant manager, and they are good people, they want wants best for the club and they are trying their hardest.”

Coleman is looking to see more attacking intent from his side tomorrow as they have forward players coming back from injury, with Josh Woods and Leslie Adekoya both making second half appearances in Boxing Day's 1-1 draw with in-form Barnsley.

“Against Barnsley, it’s very rare for us as we only had four shots in the game, two on target, that’s something which is unusual for us and something we have got to address.

“We have to attack with a bit more purpose and get men forward.

“It was good to see Josh take to the field, he has been sidelined with a back injury.

“Leslie worked hard and hopefully we will have Sean (McConville) back and have another weapon in our armoury.

“We are getting over the sickness we had in the camp and Michael Nottingham will be the next one of the long termers off the treatment table and hopefully that’s not too long.”

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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