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INTERVIEW: Coley relishing Barrow clash

Reds boss keen to end Bluebirds unbeaten home record

28 December 2023


INTERVIEW: Coley relishing Barrow clash

Reds boss keen to end Bluebirds unbeaten home record

28 December 2023

John Coleman is relishing the trip to in-form Barrow tomorrow night as Accrington Stanley look to get back on track in their push for a promotion place.

The Bluebirds are currently on a 13-game unbeaten league run and sit fourth in the League Two table, one point outside the automatic promotion places.

They haven't lost at Holker Street this season while Stanley are in ninth place, two points outside the Play-Off Places, but lost to Harrogate Town last time out to an added time goal.

"Barrow have been on a terrific run which is why they have catapulted up the table," said Coleman.

"One of the things we are a little bit envious of is that they have four forwards that they can move around. We haven't got that possibly through injuries.

"There are lots of teams in this league though which are capable of going on runs.

"Teams have been on mini runs, we did, we went on a surge.

"I have watched Barrow play, we know what they can do. I have seen them play at home and they are very well organised.

"Pete (Wild) has done a good job there. If you can get a semblance of organisation in this league, teams will make mistakes, so you have to limit your mistakes and capitalise on theirs.

"They are doing that well and you need a little bit of luck along the way.

"I am looking forward to the game, our fans will really embrace it. It's strange I had the rivalry when I played at Morecambe, the rivalry Morecambe v Barrow.

"I know it's not a derby but I know our fans really like this fixture."

Coleman admits he was disappointed with the late loss at Harrogate but pleased with the performance.

"We played very well in the second half at Harrogate," said the Reds boss. "It was a good game of football to watch, both teams were going for it.

"We have generally defended set-plays well this season, we are a young team but we went to sleep and got punished.

"I am disappointed we lost but proud of way we are competing for a young set of lads. You learn more from pain than pleasure and I can never fault their effort.

"We have got a big squad which is predominantly overloaded with young lads and it's been a godsend now as we wouldn't have a team if we didn't have these young players but they have to be ready to play."

Coleman on injuries:

Josh Andrews - still out, governed by Birmingham.

Jay Rich-Baghuelou - hoping to be back the first week of January.

Joe Pritchard - 50/50 for tomorrow.

Tommy Leigh - he will be out for tomorrow.

Seb Quirk - not far off.

Liam Coyle - hopes to resume training shortly.

Toby Savin - not far off.

Liam Isherwood - slight set back.

Sean McConville - nice to get Sean back on the bench, not too far away from pitch.

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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