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INTERVIEW: Coley looks to build on three 1-0 wins

In-form Oxford are the next visitors to the Wham Stadium

1 December 2022

John Coleman is desperate to build on three 1-0 victories but knows Oxford United will be looking to halt the Reds winning streak.

After battling near the bottom at the start of the campaign, Karl Robinson’s men are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions and currently sit in 13th place in League One, four points above 19th placed Stanley.

A 1-0 win over Cambridge two weeks ago was Stanley’s first three points in eight league games while they progressed in both the Papa Johns Trophy and into the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup with 1-0 victories in the last week.

“1-0 is my favourite result! I think 1-0 wins are character building,” said Coleman. “You take the lead, try and get a second and it’s vital you keep the ball out at the other end and, when you have managed to do it, it gives you heart when you go 1-0 again that you have been in that situation before and can see it through.

“Winning is always beneficial and we have to hope we can translate cup form into league form.

“We have set a standard with our work ethic and concentration levels and that’s got to continue, if not get better.”

Coleman’s aim is to get to 50 points as soon as possible but knows it’s getting tougher to stay in League One.

“This league is difficult, football is difficult, thankfully we have players who want to roll their sleeves up and have a go. That starts at the front with the staff and the players have followed suit.

“In this league, it is difficult to compete with the ‘have’s’. You can probably split it into three leagues but definitely the ‘have’s’ and ‘have nots.’

“The ‘have’s’ are near the top and the ‘have nots’ are near the bottom and then somewhere in between you have the ‘have nots’ trying to fight into the middle ground and the ‘have’s’ trying to keep themselves above water, not to fall into the middle ground.

“We are all up against it. I was at a game this week and there was 10/12 scouts looking at the same players and lot of them will have more resources than us.

“It doesn’t mean we can’t get them, we have had some gems in the last 12 months, definitely Jay Rich Bagheulou for one, we can still do it and we will keep striving to do it.”

Meanwhile, Coleman knows the Reds need to turn on the style at home having won two of their nine league games so far at the Wham Stadium.

“We haven’t won enough at home this season for me. We had exciting draws which have felt like a  win but we have got to win home games if we are to be successful. We will have the Clayton End behind us on Saturday and Oxford will feel the full force of that.”

Everton loan defender Ryan Astley should be back after injury while Doug Tharme was cup-tied for the FA Cup. Joe Pritchard is also back in the frame while Baba Fernandes is battling to be fit.

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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