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INTERVIEW: Coley out to upset the odds at Posh

“We are a small club in a big league but it doesn’t mean we can’t beat the big teams"

24 October 2022

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INTERVIEW: Coley out to upset the odds at Posh

“We are a small club in a big league but it doesn’t mean we can’t beat the big teams"

24 October 2022

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman hopes his side can upset the odds with the trip to fourth place Peterborough United tomorrow night.

Coleman’s men have come up against leaders Plymouth and promotion-chasing Derby County and Bolton Wanderers in their last three League One games and lost all three – conceding nine goals.

Peterborough striker Jonson Clarke-Harris is the top scorer in League One with ten goals and they have won four of their last six league encounters.

However Coleman says his side will be written off before the kick off – and that can inspire them to victory.

Coleman said: “We have conceded nine goals in our last three league games and lost all the games but I don’t think we have deserved to lose all the games.

“The one we deserved most to lose was Saturday in my opinion because of how strong Bolton finished the game.

“Naivety cost us in Plymouth and Derby and an inability to put the ball in the net.

“What you can’t do is mope or dwell. We have a tough game coming up and everyone will have written us off in the football world and they are sometimes the games where we surprise people.

“We are never afraid of anything, bring the game on.

“It’s a good opportunity to go there and give a good account of ourselves.

“We are a small club in a big league but it doesn’t mean we can’t beat the big teams.”

He admits Saturday’s game still hurts – where Stanley were 2-0 up against Bolton but they scored three second half goals to clinch the win.

“It’s pointless dwelling on Saturday but what you have to do is educate yourselves. The players will watch the video, particularly the half an hour where it unravelled where you felt like King Canute trying to stop the tide.

“That’s something the staff can work on as well, we are not infallible. Possibly we should have tweaked it, shored it up and changed our style and let them have the ball more in their half and protect what we had.

“But we were at home, in front of a big crowd, you feel like you are half betraying your own fans if you do that but we had to find a way to stem the tide and we didn’t. You have to give credit to Bolton as well.”

Stanley are currently in 17th place in League One – four points above the relegation places and Coleman admits it is a worry as they strive to get to the 50-point target which usually guarantees survival.

“It is purely about the points total but I would be lying if I said I don’t worry about the league table because I do.

“But, rather than look at getting 50 points, let’s look at trying to get three and small steps get you there.

“It will be a lot of hard work and hopefully more strengthening in January.

“You can’t legislate for having so many forwards out.

“It’s happened and whatever team we put out, I know they will give their all.

“Sometimes they are a little bit misguided and we just need to find a little bit more quality in our attacking play. If we can get that it helps you shore up things, you aren’t as vulnerable when you have the ball.

“Last time we lost three on the spin, we won three on the spin so that’s a positive.”

There are no fresh injury concerns for the Stanley squad.

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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