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INTERVIEW: We need to repay 'terrific fans'

Lancashire derby at Fleetwood next for Stanley as they look for all-important win

27 October 2022


INTERVIEW: We need to repay 'terrific fans'

Lancashire derby at Fleetwood next for Stanley as they look for all-important win

27 October 2022

John Coleman is hoping his Accrington Stanley side can repay the ‘terrific support’ of the Reds fans when they visit Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

It’s a Lancashire derby with Stanley 19th and the Cod Army one point ahead in 17th place but Scott Brown’s side are the draw specialists of the league with eight draws in their 15 games.

Stanley are on the back of four successive defeats in League One and Coleman is desperate to get that all-important win on the board, especially for the supporters who he praised in the 3-1 loss at Peterborough on Tuesday.

“Our fans have been terrific this season,” said Coleman. “On Tuesday, it was quite emotional, they have come that far and they have spent that much money to show how much the club and team means to them and we have got to show that back and give them some joy.

“Hopefully that will be on Saturday.  The lads give their all, and I think the fans appreciate that, but that’s not enough. You need the joy, the feeling of winning.

“We need to deliver and the players are desperate for it.”

Coleman has said that he is determined to change his demeanour on the touchline this season. He was yellow-carded against Bolton and spoken to by the referee at Posh.

“I am getting too sidetracked with officials, we have had some horrendous decisions this season and the lion’s share of 50/50s are going against us at the moment, but that’s not in my control.

“I have let myself down this season as I have reacted too much to it, I have let it get under my skin, and it’s detracting from what I know I can deliver for the rest of the team. It’s something I have got to change and will change.

“That means the other coaching staff can speak to fourth officials but I have got to detach myself from that as all I am doing is getting het up, getting angry and when you are angry it damages your judgement and thinking process. I have to get back to what I am good at.

“I went through a big spell when I came back here where I mellowed a lot. I am getting back to my early times as a manager, I don’t like it, I don’t want to turn into that person again and I see other managers who rant and rave for 90 minutes and I don’t want to be that manager.

“So that’s got to be my main focus as well as trying to guide the team out of these four defeats.

“In these, we have conceded 12 goals but the performances haven’t been that bad.

“Not many teams will go to Peterborough and have 18 shots, six on target, take the lead, hit the woodwork. We are not a million miles away.

“We have been through spells plenty of times in Jimmy (Bell) and my tenure where we have defended well for big periods but we just go to sleep and that’s creeping in. We are getting punished every time we make a mistake despite defending well for big parts of the game.

“We have to take it right through - the 98/9 minutes - and that goes down to what we do on the training pitch, how we coach them.

“If we carry on playing good football, the results will change.”

Fleetwood are one of the lowest goalscorers in League One but they also have one of the best defensive records as well.

“I have watched Fleetwood and they are a decent outfit, it makes for a good occasion as both teams feel they need to win the game even at this early stage,” added Coleman.

“Scott (Brown) is learning, picking nuggets from other people and the staff around him will help him. He is keen, loves football and that enthusiasm shines through. He is not blasé about it, he knows it’s a tough job and he is embracing it.”

Defender Doug Tharme and midfielder Liam Coyle have both picked up five bookings and are suspended.

“That presents a massive opportunity to someone else. They have been important players but you can’t just rely on an 11.

“Whoever gets the shirt on Saturday it’s a massive game and you have got to trust them and I do trust them.”

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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