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INTERVIEW: We want to show our attacking flair says Coley

In-form Wycombe Wanderers next up at the Wham Stadium

13 February 2023

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INTERVIEW: We want to show our attacking flair says Coley

In-form Wycombe Wanderers next up at the Wham Stadium

13 February 2023

Accrington Stanley take on in-form Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow at the Wham Stadium looking for a much-needed win to help them climb up the league.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side have won their last three league games – they have won seven of their last ten league encounters – and are seventh in the League One table.

The 22nd placed Reds have drawn their last two matches but know they need to turn draws into wins to move out of the relegation places.

Manager John Coleman is happy his side have tightened up defensively recently but knows they need to start scoring at the other end – they have scored just once from open play in the last six matches.

“The one thing we had to do was tighten up defensively which we have but has it been at the expense of being as open attacking-wise as we normally are?” said the Reds boss.

“Undoubtedly what has been our big problem this season is conceding too many goals - and too many goals in quick succession.

“I have lost count of the amount of times teams have scored more than one in a minute against us, that’s really frustrating.

“So we did have to tighten up. You need a little bit of luck and good play along the way but I feel we have.

“Now we need to build on this and get more involved in the attacking side of the game.

“I was looking back to the first few games of the season when we were having 25/26 shots against Charlton and Burton.

“We had a good first half performance against Cheltenham on Saturday where we had a lot of ball around their box and made a couple of good chances and we have got to get back to that but keep the same defensively.

“We have to keep going, keep trying to pass the ball when we can, get people in the right areas, get people in the box, in positions where they can affect the game, where they can score goals.

“We have got the players and the threats and we have just got to try and utilise them.”

While the two draws have been a step in the right direction, Coleman knows wins are vital now in a busy period for the Reds.

“Too many draws can end up hampering you as you stay where you are or go backwards. You need a win from wherever you can get it.

“My team talk will be the same now every game - how important the game is, how important it is to stay in the game.

“If we can take four points in a week, it will be unbelievable and any win is welcome, home or away.

“We haven’t scored a lot of goals, we haven’t won since Bristol Rovers and we have to keep applying ourselves and hope we get a bit of luck or our skills shine through.

“Whatever team we put out we have got to trust them, they are honest lads, they will give their all, throw their bodies in the way. The more you do that, the more confidence they get.”

Stanley have come up against Wycombe many times in the EFL, Ainsworth the second longest serving manager with 10 years service and Coleman on eight years.

“Gareth has done great, the longevity and the way he keeps reinventing his teams is good. I get on well with Gareth and hope he does well - but not on Tuesday.

“Football is littered with surprises. We know we are capable, we believe that when we play anyone here we can take the game to them as we did against a Premier League team in Leeds.”

Harvey Rodgers returns after a one-match ban, Mitch Clark is pushing for a first team spot while Seamus Conneely and Michael Nottingham are on their way back from longer-term injuries.

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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