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INTERVIEW: Talk is cheap we need wins on the pitch says Coley

Reds boss looks ahead to Good Friday clash with Port Vale

6 April 2023


INTERVIEW: Talk is cheap we need wins on the pitch says Coley

Reds boss looks ahead to Good Friday clash with Port Vale

6 April 2023

John Coleman wants his players to do the talking on the pitch and get a valuable three points against Port Vale tomorrow.

The Reds boss admits in his pre-match build-up that ‘words are cheap’ and he needs his players to do it in actions and secure a win tomorrow to give Stanley a chance of staying in League One next season.

Stanley are in 21st place, three points adrift of 20th placed Oxford United.

“Words are cheap,” said Coleman. “It’s about actions, it’s what we do and we have been training hard in this break we have had, 12 days since our last game, and we have been working on our style of play and trying to get it right.

“There are six points up for grabs in such a short space of time over the Easter weekend, people see it as a watershed moment and it could be in the battle for survival.

“The final eight games are huge but you have to give yourself a fighting chance and we have passed up the opportunity to give ourselves fighting chances.

“We have been a little bit unlucky along the way, but you can’t always blame luck and so we have to get back to the way I know we can be, the Accrington that I know and that our fans know.

“We have been a match for quite a few of the top teams this season and we have got to get back to playing with a swagger, especially at home, on the front foot, exciting and enthusing the crowd. It’s easier said than done though.”

Stanley have lost five of their last six games including a 5-0 defeat at Exeter last time out and Coleman knows it's a huge battle to stay up for his Reds side.

“The predicament that we are in has given me sleepless nights,” continued Coleman. “We have to guard against not capitulating like we did against Exeter and we have done that two or three times this season so we have to stop that.

“But there’s no point dwelling on failure. You have to try and look for positives, ways to get you success, and we have to get back to the basics, of doing what we know we can do well and getting them right before we do anything else and hopefully we can take a step forward tomorrow.

“I wouldn’t have a clue how many points we need now. We need to find wins, we need to win games, we will need a least two or possibly three or four and we have to find a way to do that.”

The Valiants are in 17th place – ten points ahead of Stanley – but boss Darrell Clarke admits he wants to see more from his side after their 2-0 loss to relegation rivals Cambridge United at the weekend. They have one win in their last seven games,

“I was at the game, goals change games, they are the key moments," said the Stanley manager.

“30 seconds after the re-start in the second half, Cambridge missed a glorious opportunity and then Cambridge go up the other end and score and it affected Port Vale mentally.

“If you watched clips of their other games, they could have scored four or five against Fleetwood and obviously took a 2-0 lead against Portsmouth away from home so you would be very foolish to write them off because they got beat 2-0 by Cambridge.

“There are going to be freak results between now and the end of the season. Cambridge played with their tails up and did really well in the second half but that’s what happens when you score a goal and goals are the key currency in football and everyone is trying to deal with them.”

Coleman has Liam Coyle, Ethan Hamilton and Michael Nottingham back in the frame after injury, Doug Tharme has returned after suspension and Mo Sangare is back after international duty.

“We are not going to risk players and rush people back for the sake of it. The 11 we put out have got to be in the right condition.”

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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