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INTERVIEW: Coley 'determined' to turn it around

Reds need to halt run of defeats at Lincoln tomorrow

31 October 2022


INTERVIEW: Coley 'determined' to turn it around

Reds need to halt run of defeats at Lincoln tomorrow

31 October 2022

John Coleman called the players in yesterday in a bid to stop the run of five League One successive defeats as they travel to Lincoln City tomorrow night.

The Reds boss said he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ with the second half show at Fleetwood on Saturday which saw Stanley concede three goals in nine minutes.

Now he knows they desperately need to turn it around at the LNER Stadium with Lincoln in 14th place and Stanley in 20th place, two points above the bottom four.

“We had a very long players’ meeting and video session yesterday, the players are determined to try and put it right,” said the Reds boss.

“You have got to be positive about things, you can’t be down, you have to learn from your errors, learn the areas that we can improve on, put action plans in place for players to get personal development and improve in the short term and, also for the team, how we operate.

“These measures will be practised today in training and hopefully come to fruition tomorrow.”

Coleman knows they also need to stop conceding goals as they have let in three in each of the five defeats.

“You got to put policies in place and try and get the structure and organisation right and then it’s practise, practise, practise.

“The players know there are no days off, we have to stop this and we are all in it together until we stop getting beat. We need to improve and if that means spending more time, that’s what we have to do.

“We have got to get players out there who realise how much this club means and we have got quite a few of them so let’s hope we embrace it tomorrow. It’s time for those people to stand up.”

Coleman, who has chalked up more than 1,000 games as Stanley manager, knows people are looking at him as the Reds have dropped down the league.

“You lose games, your job comes under scrutiny. We have had plenty of success here and bad times as well. I never get too high and I certainly won’t get too low.

“There is a determination in me to see our way out of this like we have done in the past. We have never had this many injuries which has been a big blow but we will fight and fight and fight and hopefully our luck will change.”

Stanley have a full treatment room with striker Kody Adedoyin and defender Michael Nottingham hopefully on their way back before Christmas.

Matt Lowe, Jay Rich-Bagheulou, Josh Woods, Mo Sangare and David Morgan remain sidelined for a while.

“Kody will be back in the near future, he will possibly be on the grass next week so that’s a big boost for us, and Notts will be back hopefully before Christmas which would be a big boost as well.”

There may be a place in tomorrow’s squad for teenager Leslie Adekoya who came on for his first team debut against Fleetwood and almost scored.

“Young players can have that unpredictability that can cause chaos in defences,” continued Coleman. “Leslie is a nice kid and will work hard and he always gets chances.

“He has an unbelievable scoring record with the Under 18s and hopefully he can transfer that into first team football.”

Coleman knows tomorrow night is a big chance for his side to turn it around – they did the same last season.

The Reds had lost three on the bounce, including a 4-0 loss against Burton last November, and a scrappy 1-0 win at Lincoln saw them lose just one of their next eight games.

“We were on a bad run which culminated in a horrendous performance at Burton and then we bounced back at Lincoln but it will have no bearing on this game.

“We have bounced back before from bad performances and hopefully tomorrow will be no different.”

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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