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INTERVIEW: Pack the Wham says Coley

Reds boss asks for home fans to be 'bouncing' for clash with Cheltenham

15 September 2022


INTERVIEW: Pack the Wham says Coley

Reds boss asks for home fans to be 'bouncing' for clash with Cheltenham

15 September 2022

John Coleman is asking the fans to pack the Wham on Saturday for what he calls a ‘big game’ as they look to get their first home win of the League One campaign.

The Reds take on Cheltenham Town tomorrow with the two sides battling at the wrong end of the table.

Stanley have lost three games on the bounce while the Robins, managed by former Burnley player Wade Elliott, are one point above Stanley in the table with two wins out of their eight games so far.

“We have the benefit of playing at home this Saturday and our fans are going to be crucial for that,” said Coleman.

“I would urge them to make as much noise as possible as the players do feed off it. Obviously we would like them to bring friends and have the place bouncing.

“This is a big game, it’s too early to say it’s a relegation dog fight or a six pointer, but we need to win these games, we need to win our home games.

“We haven’t won at home this season which is unusual for us. We have only won one game so we have got to do everything we can and sometimes we need help from the fans and they are brilliant when they get behind us.

“It’s a testing time with injuries but we have had testing times in the past, you just have to get through it.

“You can be kidded if things are going well and you are riding high, form will dictate where you end up finishing and if you are playing well results will change.

“I am not saying we are playing well, we are doing better than what our results suggest.”

The statistics say Stanley are third on total shots in the eight games – 132 shots at goal – but the conversation rate with 9 goals means the Reds are in 19th place.

“I don’t think our performances have merited no points in the last three games but that’s football for you, you don’t always get what you deserve.

“The scorelines will reflect we have scored one goal in those three games despite probably having around 50 shots. You can kidded by stats of shooting, some of our shots were woeful, but it’s about getting yourself into areas to shoot, choosing the right moments and hopefully execute it better and it’s something we have to keep working on.

“The stats will tell you we have had the third most shots in the league. That doesn’t reflect on real chances but we are creating good chances and we just need a bounce really.

“I have been in this game long enough to know that sometimes you just need a break, the ball break for you, or you need a moment of brilliance. You have to keep working as hard as you can so, if those slight rubs of the green come, they can be in your favour and benefit you.

“Our home form was terrific last season, the Ipswich game is the second game we have lost in nine months at home and we have got to build on what we can do at home and you need the fans for it.”

Coleman knows Cheltenham will be tricky, especially as they signed one of the Reds’ transfer targets.

“Wade has done a good enough job, they had a great win the other night over Cambridge, and they will be one of the teams very similar to us in terms of budget.

“He has made a good signing in Ryan Broom, we were in for him as well.

“They will obviously target games against us, teams down there or with similar stature, to games they can win.”

Joe Pritchard is likely to return after illness in the only change to Tuesday’s 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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