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INTERVIEW: We are gelling says Coley

Reds boss looks ahead to Port Vale game with Stanley unbeaten in five games

15 December 2022

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INTERVIEW: We are gelling says Coley

Reds boss looks ahead to Port Vale game with Stanley unbeaten in five games

15 December 2022

Accrington Stanley are hoping to take their cup form into League One as they travel to Port Vale on Saturday, weather permitting.

The Reds have recently enjoyed success in the Papa Johns Trophy, reaching the last eight, and the Emirates FA Cup, securing a Third Round tie.

John Coleman’s men have won one in nine in the league and are one point above the relegation places with the Reds boss eager to give themselves some breathing space between them and the bottom four.

Newly promoted Port Vale, who beat Stanley 5-1 in the FA Cup last year after Colby Bishop was sent off, sit in 11th place and have two wins and two defeats in their last four league games.

Stanley are currently five games unbeaten and Coleman said: “We know there is a lot of hard work ahead between now and the end of the season and we need to get as many wins as we can to try and get to that 50 plus-points figure.

“We have a settled team who are beginning to gel together and play the way we know they can, that takes a little bit of time.

“There have been big changes this season in the squad and the personnel and they are starting to play the way we want them to play.

“We need one or two reinforcements in a couple of areas which will make us stronger going forward into the second half of the season.

“Centre forward is a priority, we want a target man and I have made no secret of that. We could do with a left sided defender as well.”

The Valiants, managed by Darrell Clarke, overcame Mansfield in the League Two Play-Off Final last May.

“I have nothing against Port Vale,” continued Coleman. “I have a lot of admiration and time for their manager, he is one of the good guys, but when we play them I want to beat them.

“I think they have done really well, made some good signings and are more than holding their own in the league.

“I think they are a fantastic club with a good manager and they have performed really well.”

After last week’s game against Portsmouth was called off due to the icy weather, the Stanley manager knows this one is in the lap of the Gods.

“We have to plan as normal, but it is -7 in parts of the country. We can’t govern the weather and we just have to prepare ourselves.”

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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