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INTERVIEW: Coley forced to shuffle his pack

Reds boss will make changes for trip to Forest Green Rovers

5 September 2022

John Coleman will have to shuffle his pack for tomorrow night’s trip to Forest Green Rovers as they hunt for their second League One win of the campaign.

Joe Pritchard and Kody Adedoyin both came off injured in the 2-0 loss to league leaders Ipswich on Saturday and neither were set to travel to Gloucestershire.

It’s a rearranged game after a heavy downfall caused the postponement of the game two weeks ago and Coleman admits, while they go down with the same desire to win, the personnel will change.

“The only difference will be different players because of injuries. Joe Pritchard is a tricky one as he will play again when he is pain free and sometimes these injuries are the ones that niggle as you can’t kick the ball when your foot is killing you.

“We are also going on the back of our first defeat of the season and you have to make sure it’s not like London buses, you wait ages for one and then two come at once. We want to stop it at one defeat.

“But we are going to Forest Green in the same frame of mind as we did two weeks ago.

“Every time we take the pitch we are trying to win and we are trying to come up with a formula to try and win every game we play.

“That might mean keeping it tight for x amount of minutes, that might be going gung-ho. There are plenty of ways to deal with it.

“Forest Green are a smashing club, it’s a well-run club and they are going in the right direction. I think it’s refreshing to see clubs like that who want to climb the table, to go as high as they can.”

Last season’s League Two champions Forest Green are second from bottom of the table and haven’t won in the league since the opening day but they have added to their squad on deadline day.

“Most teams are settling down at the moment,” said the Reds boss. “You can’t be guided by results at this stage of the season. I haven’t been enthralled the way we have started the season and I think we can do better as the months go on.

“I can’t fault the lads’ effort from Saturday, they ran themselves into the ground and when you don’t get your rewards, you can get despondent. It’s our job to pick them up, encourage them, drive them forward, get them in a positive mindset and give them the best tools to try and win the game.

“Our league is wide open - anyone can beat anyone, anyone can win the league, anyone can go down. You are fighting like mad every time you play and that’s what makes our league one of the most appealing leagues.”

The full pre-match interview video with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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