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INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to first trip to Derby

Reds boss hoping to bring in new players with Pritchard sidelined for the season

1 January 2023

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INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to first trip to Derby

Reds boss hoping to bring in new players with Pritchard sidelined for the season

1 January 2023

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman will have to plan for the second half of the campaign without Joe Pritchard as the Reds travel to promotion-chasing Derby County tomorrow afternoon.

Coleman confirmed creative midfielder Pritchard tore his Achilles at Morecambe and will, more than likely, miss the second half of the campaign.

With the January transfer window now open, Coleman is looking for reinforcements but they won’t be in time for Stanley’s first ever clash at Pride Park.

“It’s not good news on Joe,” said Coleman. “He has torn his Achilles and that will be him out for the remainder of the season. We can’t put a time frame on it.

“I don’t think it has hit him yet. He has struggled in the past with his injuries but he is such a strong character.

“I think he can take inspiration from the fact he saw Sean McConville did it and came back so I think he will get his head around this more and will come back stronger. I still think we will get a good few years out of Joe.”

Coleman confirmed that the Reds are close to signing a striker with other additions to follow.

“We have got one who we have agreed to sign and hopefully the next couple we go for, we will get those over the line and then we can look forward on an assault on trying to climb out of the relegation zone.

“We will try and bring in three or four but with Joe being out that might alter things. There will be some loans and some permanent.”

Stanley lost to Morecambe on Thursday and slipped into the relegation zone although they do have two games in hand on some of the teams around them.

“We conceded two really poor goals from our point of view, good goals from their point of view and good finishes by their two midfielders, but they were preventable and that’s something we have to improve on.

“We have also got to be more ruthless ourselves. It’s ok having 21 shots but realistically how many of them are real chances? Probably half of them. We had eight shots on target but how many troubled the keeper, probably three or four? That’s something we have got to improve on and hopefully the reinforcements we bring in in January will help us there.

“It hurts dramatically being in the bottom four. If you are not playing well, games in hands are no good, they just hurt your goal difference.

“We have been playing well though since the Fleetwood game. I thought we played well against Morecambe for big parts of the game, I know we would play that game another nine times and probably win seven or eight of them.

“We have got to get back to making our performances reflect the scoreline.”

Paul Warne’s County are unbeaten in their last ten league games and have moved up to fifth place in League One.

The Rams overcame Stanley 3-0 in October but the Reds missed two penalties.

“I have never been to Derby so I am looking forward to it,” said Coleman. “We have to find a way to compete with them. We competed with them at home, the scoreline was farcical really when you think about what happened in the game. We have to take heart we played well against them at home and we have got to do the same at their place.

“They have a lot of experience in their side, they are functional and they have good players but so do we and we have to find a way to come away with a result.”

Sean McConville is fighting for a starting place after a lengthy injury while defenders Doug Tharme and Michael Nottingham are still out and front man Kody Adedoyin is missing for around six weeks.

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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