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INTERVIEW: Coley on hunt for back-to-back wins

"We know the threats Crewe will pose": Reds boss

10 February 2022

John Coleman is looking for back-to-back League One wins for only the third time this season when they welcome Crewe Alexandra to the Wham Stadium on Saturday.

In August, the Reds had three league wins on the trot and in December, successive league wins over Bolton and Rotherham.

After overcoming Oxford on Tuesday night – the Reds’ first win of 2022 – Coleman knows his side to build on that and get to the magical ’50 points’ target, which usually guarantees safety.

Stanley are in 12th place on 40 points while Crewe are currently in 23rd place in the league, having lost their last four games.

Coleman said: “People will think playing against Rotherham, you should get beat because they are top of the league.

“Then playing against Oxford, they have been on a great run, they could have gone second the other night, you should be struggling against them.

“Then you are playing against a team who are down in the lower reaches of the league and you should be beating them but it’s not the case.

“No matter where they are in the league, everyone is capable of beating each other.

“I have watched Crewe three or four times this season, they played unbelievably well at Ipswich, and were so unlucky to lose and things have conspired against them.

“People shouldn’t take for granted that we have had a good win against Oxford, so we will beat Crewe. It doesn’t happen like that.

“For us, it doesn’t matter who we are playing, we just want to try and pick up the points and this is an opportunity for us.

“It’s also an opportunity for them and they will see it as a way they can start climbing the table.

“I was here a couple of years ago in the FA Cup when they played us off the park so we are not getting ahead of ourselves in any way, shape or form.

“We know the threats they will pose.

“We need to get to the magical 50/52 points, to be safe.

“But we know, as quickly as you can get onto a good run, you can get onto a bad run and when you get into a slump, it’s difficult to arrest that so we are always trying to keep our head above water.

“It’s hard getting points on the board, Oxford was our first win in seven times of asking. We have played alright in those other six games, we have just not won them and winning games in any level of football is hard but League One is the most condensed league, a lot of teams are not much different in their strengths.

“There are 14-16 teams, even more, who can generally threaten for the Play-Offs, in my opinion it’s the toughest league.”

John O’Sullivan, who scored the opener in the 2-0 win over Oxford United, is likely to be out with a hamstring injury after hobbling off on Tuesday.

Colby Bishop and Joe Pritchard have both returned to training.

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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