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INTERVIEW: Trophy victory could set us on a roll says Coley

Reds boss looks ahead to Lincoln City round of 32 tie with Bolton waiting for winners

11 December 2023

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INTERVIEW: Trophy victory could set us on a roll says Coley

Reds boss looks ahead to Lincoln City round of 32 tie with Bolton waiting for winners

11 December 2023

It's second time lucky as Accrington Stanley and Lincoln City battle it out tomorrow night for a place in the last 16 of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy - but at least they now know their opponents.

This round of 32 tie against League One Lincoln, who have ex-Reds Ethan Hamilton and Lukas Jensen in their number, was postponed late last week with supporters from both sides able to get on for £1 tomorrow night.

The winners of the Wham Stadium clash will face League One Bolton Wanderers at home - Bolton knocked Stanley out at the semi-final stage last season.

John Coleman has always stressed the importance of this competition but injuries to Tommy Leigh and Josh Andrews in Saturday's goalless League Two draw with Doncaster Rovers have added to his team dilemmas going forward.

"Every game will have its own importance," said the Reds boss.

"We already know the prize for a win tomorrow is a home tie and you can't ask for anything more than that. The lads will be up for it.

"Tommy and Josh are both very sore and are doubts for tomorrow. With them both, whenever the opportunity comes to get back on the pitch, they will.

"I will have to see if they are viable for tomorrow or leave it until Saturday - they are both very important games.

"It is a concern as, going forward, Korede Adedoyin is injured too. Josh Woods is a different type of player than Korede or Josh so can be effective in different ways. This may alter the way we play.

"When you suffer a glut of injuries as we have done, you do worry about strength in depth and some of our youngsters might have to be called upon."

In this competition, Leslie Adekoya, Owen Devonport, Lewis Trickett and Anjola Popoola have featured.

"One bright star is Lewis Trickett who scored and created goals against Harrogate," continued Coleman. "A lot are first-year pros who are learning the game.

"You're not going to know if these lads are good enough unless you play them. You have to blood the youngsters to see what they are made of.

"Sometimes though you can put too many in and they get lost and you don't get a reflection of how good they are so you have to be careful.

"It is tricky to get the balance right."

Coleman added: "A week ago we had three or four players fit which we will not have fit tomorrow so it has made it harder. But that's the trials and tribulations of being a football manager.

"We have a massive run of games in a short space of time which can make or break you. Hopefully the injures aren't too serious and tomorrow can be one of the games which sets us on a roll."

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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