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INTERVIEW: Papa Johns Trophy is big for us says Coley

Reds visit Grimsby in last 32 knock-out stages

21 November 2022

Accrington Stanley make the trip to League Two Grimsby tomorrow night in the Papa Johns Trophy last 32 clash.

It’s the knock-out stages of the competition, straight to penalties if it’s a draw after 90 minutes, with £20,000 also up for grabs for the winning team.

Stanley celebrated a much-needed League One win at Cambridge United on Saturday and Coleman knows they now need to build on this with the Papa Johns clash followed by a huge Emirates FA Cup clash at home to Barnet on Saturday.

“It’s only one win, we can’t get carried away, and we have got to try and back that up now,” said the Reds boss.

“The players acquitted themselves well on Saturday. You couldn’t fault any one and everyone played a big part in the win.”

Coleman will be struggling to make too many changes due to the horrendous number of injuries the Reds have had this season.

“Injuries have set us back but this is a chance to progress in the cup, we target this every year to try and get to Wembley.

“Grimsby are a decent side, they had a great win in the FA Cup against Plymouth, not many people have beaten Plymouth in the last three or four months, and it’s good to come across Paul Hurst again.

“Paul is a really good fellow, I get on well with him, me and Jimmy (Bell) did our League Manager’s Association Diploma with him and he knows what he is doing, he will set his team up to have a good go.

“It’s been mixed emotions when we have been there before. It’s a tough place to go, they are a decent team but we have try and build on what we have been doing the last two or three weeks.

“You are limited to people who can come in, but we had a healthy bench on Saturday and I will be pleased with whatever 11 go out.”

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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