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INTERVIEW: Coley needs everyone on top of their game at Hillsborough

Reds boss knows players have to be at their best against promotion-chasing Owls

14 March 2022

John Coleman is hoping his Accrington Stanley players will continue to at least get seven out of ten when they make the trip to promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night.

The Owls are currently one point outside the Play-Off places but have won eight of their last ten games and celebrated a 6-0 win over Cambridge on Saturday.

12th placed Stanley go into the game buoyed by a strong performance in their 2-1 win over Charlton on Saturday but they have struggled on their travels this season, with just three away victories.

Coleman said: “We have got to try and build on what we did on Saturday. When you have a drop off in performance like we did the week before, it’s very noticeable.

“When a lot of people drop below 6 and 7s and go into 4s and 5s out of ten for games, it’s virtually impossible to win a game.

“When they all get back you think ‘’why did that happen?’ but that’s probably one of the conundrums of football.

“It’s important to be able to bounce back and show the character the players showed on Saturday, to not only have the resilience to win the game but to get back on the horse and all play well.

“Would there have been anybody who fell before 7 on Saturday? I don’t think there would. The back three were outstanding, the only disappointing thing is they didn’t get the clean sheet the performance deserved.

“It is difficult to be consistent, it’s difficult to win away from home, Sheffield are on the back of a really good win on Saturday and they will be buoyant but we know we can compete with the best teams in the league and we have got to get into that mindset and I think we will.

“We are going there to try and win not to shut up shop.

“We have had some good performances away from home but not had the scorelines to match and you have got to believe in what you are doing.

“We just want to play well, certainly for our travelling fans as they are great and I can’t thank them enough.

“I want us to get back to playing football the way we can play. When we pass the ball, when Colby (Bishop) dictates how we are going to play and leads the line as well as he did on Saturday, we are a handful.

“We believe we are capable of winning every game we play, stats says we don’t, but we are up there in stats for most attempts on target so we do create chances and we have to just find a way of taking them away from home.”

The Reds will be without Mitch Clark, who sits out the last game of his three-match ban, and Tommy Leigh, who begins his three-match suspension following his sending off on Saturday.

On Leigh, Coleman said: “It hasn’t been easy, he would like to have played more games but you have got to be patient, he is still learning the game.

“He is a good lad, a good character, and you want to see him do well.

"It’s a fairytale from playing for Bognor Regis, with no disrespect to Bognor Regis, catapulting up the leagues and I see him scoring and Rosaire (Longelo) getting his first goal, that gives you a warm glow inside.”

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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