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INTERVIEW: Burton next in way of Coley's Wembley dream

Reds bidding for a place in last eight of Papa Johns Trophy

12 December 2022

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INTERVIEW: Burton next in way of Coley's Wembley dream

Reds bidding for a place in last eight of Papa Johns Trophy

12 December 2022

Accrington Stanley travel to fellow League One side Burton Albion tomorrow night aiming for the last eight of the Papa Johns Trophy.

It’s a last 16 clash at the Pirelli Stadium with £40,000 worth of prize money up for grabs to the winners in the knock-out game, with penalties after 90 minutes.

Burton won their Group H comfortably and then knocked out Tranmere on penalties in the last round, while Stanley overcame Grimsby.

Dino Maamria’s side are currently 22nd in League One, with the Reds in 19th spot, but have an in-form striker in Victor Adeboyejo who has 10 goals this season.

Reds boss John Coleman said: “Burton are a very good side, they are better than what the league table suggests.

“They drew with Derby on Saturday and they posed Derby plenty of problems. We will have to be at our best.

“Every year in this competition we talk about Wembley and every year I end up licking my wounds but let’s hope this year’s different.

“As a club, we have broken down lots of barriers since we have been here, achieved a status that no one could probably have dreamed off 20 years ago, but still there are only us and Crawley in the 92 who haven’t been to Wembley so it’s always the aim.”

Stanley’s home game with Portsmouth was postponed at the weekend due to the snow but other League One games went ahead as the Reds battle to put more daylight between themselves and the bottom four.

They are currently just one point ahead of 21st place Forest Green Rovers with a game in hand.

“The results at the weekend could have been worse but it could have better. Of the teams below us there was one win, one loss and two draws.

“We still don’t think we are clear and need to get as many points on board as we can.

“Over the last few weeks, there has been an improvement in our attitude towards the game, towards our work rate and we are playing and defending better.

“That’s a start but you can’t get carried away.

“Teams know they are in a game when they play against us and we have to keep doing that. We have got to keep up or go past those standards and try and get better.”

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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