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INTERVIEW: Coley on Lincoln trip

Reds turn their attention to the Papa Johns Trophy with a trip to Lincoln City in the last eight

9 January 2023

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INTERVIEW: Coley on Lincoln trip

Reds turn their attention to the Papa Johns Trophy with a trip to Lincoln City in the last eight

9 January 2023

Accrington Stanley quickly turn their attention to another cup competition as they travel to Lincoln City in the last eight of the Papa Johns Trophy tomorrow night.

After the 1-1 draw with National League side Boreham Wood in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, there is no time for a break as the Reds focus on making history and reaching the last four of the lower league competition for the first time.

Lincoln, currently in 16th place in League One, won the competition in 2018 and have a formidable home record this season – they have lost just once at the LNER Stadium in this campaign, and that was an EFL Trophy group game loss.

The two sides drew 1-1 in November in the league, with Harvey Rodgers scoring a late equaliser for the Reds.

“Lincoln are a funny team, when you think they are going to go on a bit of a run, they have a hiccup or lose a game," said manager John Coleman. "They are a good side and play the game well.

“You need luck in football but you need hard work as well and when you are going through what you perceive as hell the best way is to keep going, you don’t stop, you try and get out the other side.

“We have got to make it uncomfortable for them and they will be aware of that from when we played them last time.

“We have to focus on ourselves and hopefully our game-plan pays off.”

Coleman has said, from the off, he wants a trip to Wembley – something Stanley have never achieved.

“It’s all or nothing. Nobody remembers who was in the last eight of this competition last season. There’s no nearly’s in cup games.

“We have got to do our best to try and get a performance out of the players. It was a tough game on Saturday but we will rally them again for tomorrow night and hopefully we will come up with a solution to the problems that Lincoln will pose.

“I don’t see how this competition gets maligned the way it does. For the lower teams it can give you a few bob if successful, it’s a chance to blood younger players and it’s a chance to watch players coming out of 23s at bigger clubs. It’s a win-win.”

Coleman doesn’t expect to have any new faces in before tomorrow’s game with the transfer window now open. He has added striker Aaron Pressley to the squad so far.

“I have one or two irons in the fire which I will explore today. I like to get my business done early but we will see, it can be taken out of your hands.

“We focus on what we can afford and try and get the right type of player that fits our club.”

Michael Nottingham and Mo Sangare are getting back into training after long-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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