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INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to Barrow clash

'We are a work in progress' says Reds boss

14 August 2023

Accrington Stanley face Barrow in the league for the first time since 2002 when the Bluebirds visit the Wham Stadium tomorrow night.

Pete Wild’s side, who finished ninth last season and were crowned National League champions in 2020, have had a good start to the new campaign with maximum points from their two League Two games.

Stanley last faced Barrow in their UniBond Premier League days and have met since in the EFL Trophy.

The Reds have one win, an opening day 3-0 victory over Newport County, and suffered a loss at Gillingham last time out on their return to League Two.

Manager John Coleman said: "Barrow will be a tough game, they have won their first two. They have started with a maximum and they will believe they are probably better versed in League Two football than us as they have played there longer than we have."

Coleman was disappointed with defeat at the Gills but believes it will take time for his new look side to gel.

"I think our players were naive at Gillingham, that showed with our age, we didn’t think enough on our feet and got punished accordingly.

"Experience is the key to all that and you only get that by playing games.

"We want to have the feeling that we had after the Newport game, and I include the fans in that.

"I was keen to point out after the Newport game that there were still areas we can improve on, although there were some encouraging signs, and we are going to be a work in progress for quite a while.

"In that time, the players have to understand our way of playing and try and take on board what the coaching staff are trying to get across to them and get it to click at the right time.

"It's about setting up a team to win a game of football and there are lots of ways it can go right and it can go wrong.

"We have to play with a determination, where winning the game is the important part. If we can get it where the process is attractive on the eye, great, but first and foremost it’s about winning the game."

Coleman is still looking at strengthening his squad before the transfer window closes on September 1st.

"We are still looking to add players to the squad but we won’t rush it. We have got to sign players who are pushing to play in first team and not make the mistake of last season where I signed players as cover, then all of a sudden they all had to play at once and it became a problem."

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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