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INTERVIEW: More home comforts needed for Coley

Reds boss looking to extend unbeaten run at Wham to nine games with visit of Charlton

10 March 2022

It’s back at the Wham Stadium for Accrington Stanley and John Coleman is hoping for more home comforts with the visit of Charlton Athletic.

The 12th-placed Reds are looking to make it nine unbeaten at home with the visit of the Addicks, who are in 16th place, six points behind Stanley.

Johnnie Jackson’s side are on a bad run of form with five defeats and one draw in their last six games while Coleman admitted his side are still getting over the 4-0 loss at Portsmouth last weekend, with Pompey down to ten-men for 70 minutes.

The Reds boss said: “You have to be careful you don’t beat yourself and the players up and wallow in ‘oh we are not playing well.’

“Players don’t go out to perform badly but unfortunately it happens at every level.

“We have acquitted ourselves well for the majority of this season but it is noticeable when we have a drop off and everyone drops off at the same time and I think we had that at Portsmouth.

“You can talk about stats until the cows come home but the main stats are balls in the net and balls out the net in your defence. It’s something we have to try and work on and get right.

“The players have got to feel the pain like I feel the pain. What they have got to realise in what they are doing impacts the game, impacts on people’s lives, the fans, the people who have travelled who have paid their hard-earned money and they have got to realise there is consequences.

“Those consequences could vary from not being on the team, it might be you have to do something better to warrant a place or you might get a reaction but we won’t brush it under carpet.

“We have already been through it and will go through it over the next two days but we will be looking at the positives, trying to accentuate what we can do better and what we have done well in the past.

“At home, you have to keep playing well, hopefully you get a bit of luck and the ball goes in the net at the right time.”

The Reds have not scored in four of their last seven matches and Coleman admits that’s a concern.

“About a third of our shots are on target this season but only a probably a fifth resulted in a goal and we want a better return than that.

“To get that, a lot of it is down to fortune, some of it is hard work, getting in the right areas and practice. We need to make chances that are good chances, golden chances, and when you start doing that, you score more goals.

“We need goals from all over the park, Ross (Sykes) has scored three of our last seven goals, Notts (Michael Nottingham) has chipped in.

“Everyone knows I like the strikers scoring, I would love to see Josh Woods get off the mark, Kody (Adedoyin) scored a good goal in midweek for the U23s and had a chat with him about the duties and responsibilities he has got as a centre forward and what the currency is which is goals."

Josh Woods (foot) and Jay Rich-Baghuelou (knee) will have late fitness tests. John O’Sullivan is still a week away while Mitch Clark sits out the second of his three-game ban.

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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