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INTERVIEW: We have to believe we can beat the drop says Coley

Relegation rivals Burton Albion next up for the Reds

24 February 2023

It’s a big League One clash in the relegation battle tomorrow as Accrington Stanley travel to 18th place Burton Albion looking to once again jump out of the bottom four.

Midweek results meant the Reds slipped back into the relegation places with the Brewers four points ahead of Stanley although John Coleman’s men have a game in hand.

The Reds have to get over their Papa Johns Trophy semi-final defeat to Bolton on Wednesday and quickly focus on overcoming the in-form Brewers who have won four of their last five league encounters.

“We have still got a big prize to play for, we need to try and eke out wins any way we can,” said Coleman.

"We have got enough to attempt to stay up but other teams feel exactly the same. We have got to believe we will - I do believe and I have got to make the players believe.

“Every game we play is tough, no more so than tomorrow when we play a team in and around us. They have had a little bit of an upswing in their fortunes in recent weeks, made a couple of decent signings in the window and had a good win over Bristol Rovers last weekend.

“We will give them the respect they deserve. They have good players who can hurt you but we have good players who can hurt them, it’s who is most influential on the day, who stamps their authority on the game on the day and we have to find a way to get our attacking players into the game more.

“The game we played at the Wham against them – the 4-4 draw – was one the best I have seen at Accrington.

“We are playing a team who have four wins out of five but last week played a team in Shrewsbury with five wins out of six and we beat them so we have got to believe we will win and we are going to there to win not to shut up shop.”

Burton added Charlie Kirk, Sam Lavelle, Gasson Ahadme and Josh Walker to their squad in January which has helped propel them up the table after being in the bottom four for the majority of the campaign.

Stanley hope to have striker Matt Lowe back – he has been out since September – and Sean McConville is available despite being red carded against Bolton.

Liam Coyle, who was suspended for the Burton match, is still in Blackburn Hospital after suffering a serious head injury against Wanderers.

It is tight at the bottom with Stanley having games in hand on most of the teams around them.

“There are seven or eight who can be dragged into it and we are one of them.

“We have been in that position before and fought ourselves out of it and we have shown in recent weeks we can compete. You just need a little bit of luck along the way and hopefully a little bit of individual brilliance either attacking-wise or defensively gets you a win and that’s what we need.”

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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