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INTERVIEW: Coley ready for Carabao Cup

Bradford City next at the Wham Stadium in Carabao Cup first round

7 August 2023

John Coleman will utilise his squad as Accrington Stanley take on Bradford City at the Wham Stadium tomorrow night in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Stanley have had nights to remember in this competition – defeating Burnley in extra-time in 2016 probably the most memorable.

The Reds kicked off their League Two campaign with a 3-0 win over Newport County on Saturday while The Bantams, who reached the Play-Off semi-finals last season, lost to Crawley after having Dan Oyegoke sent off for two yellow cards.

Norwich loan defender Lewis Shipley is a doubt for the Reds after coming off with a swollen ankle on Saturday while Coleman has said he will give players a chance to stake their claim for a first team spot.

"Everyone in the squad has a big part to play," said the Reds boss. "That’s something we have tried to establish this week - that everyone will be needed at some point, so there is no room for sulking, no room for egos, and it will be all hands to the pump all season.

"Every result will be important and we have to get that mentality across to the players.

"We have got a squad of players and we are not afraid to utilise them. That was proved with the substitutes on Saturday.

"The more experienced players will be vital to us too – Sean McConville and Shaun Whalley, as well as Seamus Conneely, they all want to play every game but it’s up to us to manage them to get the best out of them.

"When they do come on they have to set the standard as Shaun Whalley did on Saturday."

Coleman was delighted with the opening day win but wasn’t get carried away.

"We are pleased we got the result but we know there are things we can improve on – we gave them too many chances – and that’s something we won’t always get away with.

"At times we lost our way a bit and that’s something we have to address but there was some pleasing football played and we have to build on that and celebrate that.

"League Two is a different kettle of fish from League One, there are subtle differences, and we have to be able to cope with whatever League Two teams throw at us."

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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