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INTERVIEW: Coley's praise for table-topping Plymouth

Reds face one of the toughest tests of the season

6 October 2022

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INTERVIEW: Coley's praise for table-topping Plymouth

Reds face one of the toughest tests of the season

6 October 2022

Accrington Stanley go into one of the biggest tests of the season in good form but know table topping Plymouth will take some beating.

The Pilgrims, managed by Steven Schumacher and assisted by former Stanley defender Mark Hughes, have won seven of their last eight league games, drawing the other one.

John Coleman’s side have won three on the bounce and are up to ninth place in the League One table.

“We have to go there with a belief we can win the game, we are not going to go down there and batten up the hatches," said the Reds boss.

“We have two good friends there in Schuey and Mark Hughes, we know them well, and it’s great to see them doing well but we will try and put a spanner in the works on Saturday.

“Conor Grant plays for them as well. I have known him since he was six or seven, watched his career progress, and he is getting back to fitness.

“Plymouth are a good team to watch. They have got this belief they are going to score when they need to score which is a promotion-enhancing characteristic. They believe they can get promoted which is also a good sign.

“They have four or five different options striker-wise, good attacking wing backs and they have the belief they will score, they have plenty of opportunities and they take plenty of shots.

“They have got the ground rocking, they are filling the place and it will be a great atmosphere.

“We have had some good results there and generally competed well against them.

“You do need that a bit of luck as well, a bounce of a ball, which we have perhaps had in the last three games.”

Prior to winning the last three league games, Stanley had lost their previous three and Coleman admitted it was a relief to find some form, especially as they are facing top seven sides Derby, Bolton and Peterborough after Plymouth.

“We had to start winning, you don’t get carried away with winning three on the spin as you don’t get carried away in a negative aspect when we lost three on the bounce.

“It’s a tough league. You would like to think the three games we won – Cheltenham, Bristol Rovers and Morecambe – those are teams who will be around us come the final reckoning and we want to be above them, on top of the not ridiculously high wage bill bracket. We want to be top of the ones that we think we can compete with.

“We are going into a raft of games, if we start picking up points from those games then you can pat yourself on the back and start saying that’s a good performance.

“That’s no disrespect to the three teams we have beat as they were difficult games all in their own rights and a couple of them could have gone either way.

“But we have also lost a couple of those games this season – Ipswich, Wycombe, Forest Green – so we know we are punching at this level, we are competing and if you can start beating the bigger clubs then you can start looking up rather than fearing looking down.”

In the squad new, Joe Pritchard is back after missing the Morecambe win while Doug Tharme should be fit after coming off against the Shrimps.

“Touray Sisay has trained this week and Rosaire Longelo is back in training. These two can get an U23 game next week and they could be back in the fold for a week on Saturday," added Coleman.

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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