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INTERVIEW: Coley previews Emirates FA Cup clash

Reds boss talks about Pressley, transfer window, injuries and Boreham Wood

5 January 2023


INTERVIEW: Coley previews Emirates FA Cup clash

Reds boss talks about Pressley, transfer window, injuries and Boreham Wood

5 January 2023

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman will have new loan signing Aaron Pressley in the ranks as the Reds look to overcome National League side Boreham Wood in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

Pressley has signed for the rest of the season from Brentford after Coleman chased him for a while and the Reds boss will hope he has the firepower to knock out The Wood, who reached the fifth round of the competition last year beating AFC Wimbledon and Bournemouth.

This year they have overcome Eastleigh and Bristol Rovers and currently sit in mid-table in the National League with their top scorer Lee Ndlovu on eight goals – he played with Stanley’s Matt Lowe at Brackley Town.

With Joe Pritchard and Mitch Clark added to the longer-term injuries, Pressley will be hoping to make an impact and help Stanley into the fourth round of the competition.

Coleman said: “I am delighted to get Aaron, someone we tried to get a couple of years ago. He has played 20-odd games in League One with AFC Wimbledon so he knows the league, he knows the way we play, he is keen to play the way we play and he is keen to do well.

“The players who have always succeeded with us are the ones who are hungry and want to be successful and he ticks every box.”

Coleman confirmed that there will be more additions during the January transfer window.

“We are looking to bring two or three players in now and within three weeks we will get a new signing with Michael Nottingham back from injury, that will be a big boost, while Mo Sangare will be back in three weeks so that will be another boost to our squad depth.”

With the Reds battling to climb the League One table, away from the relegation spots, Coleman knows how important the next two games are, even though they are in the FA Cup and then the Papa Johns Trophy at Lincoln City on Tuesday night.

“If you win these, it will help league form. What we have to do is get back to basics of how we play, put pressure on the opposition.

"When we go man-to-man, people don’t like playing against us because we are brave, tenacious, and we have got to get back to that.

“We got to get our form back to way it was three weeks ago.

“Boreham Wood will believe they can perform in the cup. You find form you haven’t seen in the last month because it’s a cup game and you are supposed to do well.

“People want to see upsets. Will it be an upset with what they did last year? Possibly not but we have to make sure we perform the way we know we can play and if we do that, we have got a great chance.

“It helps we have played a National League and League Two side in previous rounds, going to Crawley definitely helped us as it gives us an idea of what we are going to come up against.

“Financially it will be great to be in the fourth round. The further you go, the easier you make it to go forward in other areas in your campaign.”

Injury Update

Mitch Clark, Jay Rich-Baghuelou, Matt Lowe, Joe Pritchard, Michael Nottingham, Mo Sangare, Korede Adedoyin, Doug Tharme and David Morgan.

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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