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INTERVIEW: Doncaster is a very big game for us says Coley

Reds looking to push back into Play-Off places

7 December 2023

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INTERVIEW: Doncaster is a very big game for us says Coley

Reds looking to push back into Play-Off places

7 December 2023

John Coleman admits Saturday's Wham Stadium clash with Doncaster Rovers is a 'very, very big game for us.'

Stanley are in ninth place in League Two and have dropped out of the Play-Off places although a win over Doncaster, and other results going their way, could see the Reds back in the top seven.

Coleman's side had a good win over promotion-hopefuls Wrexham in their last five league games, but have lost the other four.

Rovers are in 16th spot in the table - six points behind Stanley - but they knocked the Reds out of the Emirates FA Cup in extra-time in a replay.

Coleman said: "It is a very, very big game for us. You have got to get back into the Play-Offs as quickly as you can.

"Doncaster though will feel they can climb the table.

"There are always obstacles in your way - injuries, suspensions, the weather - but we have a great set of lads, we are blessed with positive fans so we will prepare as best we can and hopefully get the added bit of luck we need."

With Tuesday's Bristol Street Motors Trophy home clash with Lincoln City called off, Stanley last played a week ago when they lost 4-3 to Swindon Town.

The Reds were 4-0 down in the 92nd minute but scored three added time goals in an exciting finale.

"We lost 4-3 in a game we shouldn't have lost in my opinion," continued the Reds boss.

"Everyone in this league knows we will score goals but you just have to tighten up.

"We missed a lot of chances against Swindon but the way we finished and played means we go into this game positively.

"Both us and Doncaster are open books and we know the standards we have to reach."

Stanley will have QPR goalkeeper Joe Walsh making his debut after emergency loan keeper Jon McCracken broke his arm and Toby Savin is still a few weeks away with a shoulder injury.

There are no fresh injury worries for the Reds.

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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