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INTERVIEW: Butler-Oyedeji can help fire Reds up league says Coley

Lincoln massive game as Stanley look to climb out of bottom four

2 February 2023

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INTERVIEW: Butler-Oyedeji can help fire Reds up league says Coley

Lincoln massive game as Stanley look to climb out of bottom four

2 February 2023

John Coleman is hoping his side now have the firepower to climb out of the relegation places as Accrington Stanley take on Lincoln City tomorrow.

The Reds added Arsenal Under-21 forward Nathan Butler-Oyedeji on Tuesday's Transfer Deadline Day and he will go straight into the squad to face the Imps.

Stanley currently occupy the final relegation place - 21st - with Mark Kennedy's Lincoln sitting in 16th place, six points ahead of the Reds and having played one game more.

Coleman knows a win for Stanley will drag Lincoln towards the relegation places as the battle for survival continues.

"The transfer windows have been getting progressively tougher," said Coelman, after he added Butler-Oyedeji and Seb Quirk to the squad during January.

"There was quite a lot of movement in League One this time around, everyone is scrambling for position.

"I don't like waiting for the last day but I was kept waiting on quite a few players which didn't materialise. I got let down for a couple of permanents on Monday and got let down on another permanent on Tuesday and four loans.

"We had got Sev done quite early and Nathan had come to our attention as he had played in the group stages of the Papa Johns Trophy. His goals and the performances he turned in in those games is probably the best way to judge players who are coming through the 21s systems if they are playing against league opposition.

"I have got two players that I think will enhance our team. I could have signed another 6 on Tuesday but they wouldn't have been the right six.

"There are 21 league games left and we have got to have players that we think will make a difference."

Coelman said there is good news on the injury front with several long-term casualties close to a return.

"Mitch Clark and Mo Sangare could be back in a couple of weeks; Seamus Conneely maybe two or three weeks and Michael Nottingham and Matt Lowe possibly within the month.

"That's an influx of players which will give us more strength in depth. Getting players back who have been playing regularly will be a lift."

Stanley drew with Lincoln earlier in the season and beat them on penalties recently to reach the Papa Johns Trophy semi-finals. The Imps haven't won in the league since 19th November but have drawn five games since then.

"Every game we play is going to be vital but certainly the teams who are in and amongst it, you have to take points off," added Coleman.

"We can't be relying on anybody but ourselves though. If we turn in the level of performance which we did for an hour against Leeds then we will have a good chance.

"There are a lot of points to play for and we have to take as many as we can.

"We have to get out head down for every game we play, every game is a challenge.

"Performances have been improving. We have got to try and replicate what we did on Saturday for big periods, we will be playing against a different style of football than against Leeds but we know when we get it right, we are a good attacking force, we take the game to teams.

"We are exciting going forward when we get it right. We have players that can hurt teams but we have got to keep the door locked at the back as well. We have honest players who will give everything they have got and that's all you can ask as fans and as the manager."

The full pre-match interview with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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