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INTERVIEW: Lincoln is a chance to put things right says Coley

Reds boss looking for better concentration and a cutting edge

8 September 2022


INTERVIEW: Lincoln is a chance to put things right says Coley

Reds boss looking for better concentration and a cutting edge

8 September 2022

John Coleman knows a week is a long time in football – and he is hoping that this time next week the future will be brighter after two away trips, the first to Lincoln City on Saturday.

This time last week the Reds were unbeaten in League One but back-to-back defeats at home to Ipswich on Saturday and at Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday have seen them drop to 19th place in the table.

They travel to the LNER Stadium looking to once again turn around their fortunes with the Imps in 20th place with the same statistics as Stanley – one win, four draws and two defeats.

“Things can change very quicky in football,” said the Reds boss. “What you have got to not do is let a negative influence spread throughout the team, throughout the club. You have got to remain positive.

“You can make excuses, there are reasons and there are excuses and sometimes there is a fine line between them and you are clutching at straws.

“We know in the main we have been doing ok. The performance against Ipswich, who are arguably the best team in the league at the moment, was acceptable.

“Even in the game on Tuesday, we have applied ourselves well but we have gone to sleep in important areas.

“Three out of the four goals we have conceded, that has cost us both games, were lapses in concentration. Two from throw-ins and one from a corner and then the other one is deflection.

“If you look at the way our team has defended for the last two games, they have done quite well and you have to look at who we have got playing. Doug Tharme and Ryan Astley, who I think have done really well since they came in, haven’t played ten games between them in the EFL so it’s a learning curve.

“We have got to remain positive and think about what we can do. We have to keep defending the way we are but just improve our concentration levels and then we have got to have more of a cutting edge up front, be more dynamic and see and take our opportunities quicker, have better movement and delivery – some of that can be addressed on the training pitch.

“You can’t knock the application and effort of our lads. We have gone away from home and had 17 shots so we are getting into the situations, which shows there isn’t a great deal wrong with the system we are playing, but we need to get more people involved in the box, be better with our deliveries into the box and look at different options that we could have took which will enhance our chances of scoring.

“We are second or third in the league for shot attempts but not so much on goal and that’s something we have to improve, we have to work the goalkeepers more.”

Coleman admits that injuries are causing problems at the moment. Jay-Rich Baghuelou is out for the season, Michael Nottingham is recovering from an operation while Rosaire Longelo and Kody Adedoyin both have hamstring injuries which will keep them out for over a month.

Joe Pritchard missed Tuesday’s game with a knock to his foot but Coleman hopes he will feature against the Imps and striker Touray Sisay will also be back in training next week after suffering an injury since he signed for the Reds.

“It’s difficult to cope with losing Kody and Joe, two of our influential players around the box, who can shift the ball and shoot quickly, who can go past people, but we have still got enough quality in the team.

“Sean McConville has had a good start to the season, he is experienced and chipped in with a few goals, we have Tommy Leigh who is scoring goals and Matt Lowe got off the mark last week and there are goals in him.

“There are goals in Shaun Whalley as he is experienced player. Ethan Hamilton, we would like to get him more into shooting positions and we have got Mitch Clark who can bomb forward.

“We have got players who can handle the ball - we just have to find a formula to keep teams pinned in. The one thing we are not doing as much as we have done in the past is, when we have got teams by the throat, we need to keep them there. We have let teams out too easy and that’s something we have got to change. We have not got to give the ball away too easily.

“We have had a couple of runs where been decimated through injuries but we always find a way to get through it and I am sure we will this time.

“We have to keep going, we have to believe in the players and they have to believe in us and I think they do.”

Coleman is relishing the game against Lincoln, as Stanley look to bounce back.

“We have had some great games against them in the past. Our lads are licking their wounds, they know it was a missed opportunity on Tuesday, and the best way of easing the pain is go out and do something about it and thankfully we have the chance to do something about it.

“We have a committed bunch, they give their all, they were devastated the other night but they never stopped going, never stopped trying or working, they have just got to work a little bit smarter.”

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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