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INTERVIEW: We have to ask Ipswich questions says Coley

Reds up against in-form Tractor Boys as they look to push on up the table

7 March 2023


INTERVIEW: We have to ask Ipswich questions says Coley

Reds up against in-form Tractor Boys as they look to push on up the table

7 March 2023

John Coleman is hoping his Accrington Stanley side can pull off a shock at promotion-chasing Ipswich Town and help move the Reds further away from the drop zone.

Stanley are three games unbeaten in the league – with two home wins in that -  but travel to a Town side who are the top scorers in the league with 65 goals and have just one defeat in 12 league games.

Conor Chaplin leads the way with 19 goals while Freddie Ladapo has 14 and the Tractor Boys have three ex-Reds in their team in Janoi Donacien, Cameron Burgess and Kayden Jackson.

“We have generally performed quite well at Ipswich if we haven’t got the results,” said Coleman.

“We have got to go with a game plan, try and stick to it and react to their threats and pose some ourselves.

“We have performed well on the road in certain parts of the season but not really got what we deserved. Every game is a battle and a scrap and tomorrow will be no different.

“Burton played Ipswich on Saturday and Burton were well in the game and then it was undone in a ten minute spell. We have got to take heart that Burton competed with them and we have got to compete them.

“We have to ask them questions, there is no point going there with our hands up, to sit on the ropes and get battered for 90 minutes, we have got to go out there and pose some problems ourselves.

“The key is hard work and you have got to compete with them for every first and second ball, in our set plays we have got to be compact defensively but we also have try and find a way of scoring from ours, which we did on Saturday.”

Stanley are in 20th place in League One on 34 points, two points above Morecambe in 21st, and Coleman has his targets.

“There are seven or eight teams in the relegation fight and it’s going to be tough, it will be tough to finish outside that bottom four,” said the Stanley manager.

“But we are out of it now and the longer we can stay out of it, the better chance we will have.

“You have got to get to over 47 points before you can even think about being safe, we are trying to get to 50 and that might not even be enough.

“I would say we need 16 points out of the last 14 games and, if we can win the majority of our home games, you are nearly there.

“We had to start winning at home, to turn that into our fortress, and we still have half our matches to play there and that’s where we are going to be reliant on getting the necessary 16 points or more. Then anything we get away is a bonus.”

Coleman has had to mix and match his team this season due to injuries and has Tommy Leigh suspended, Shaun Whalley out ill and Matt Lowe out with an ankle injury after his return for tonight's clash.

“We have used over 34 players this season which isn’t my style at all but our hands are tied with the injuries. In my time as a manager I have never encountered so many injuries and a dearth of goals like we have had this season.”

“But I think we are getting mentally stronger, I think the lads are understanding their jobs, the roles in the team, and the more you get them playing together, the better their understanding of each other becomes."

Rosaire Longelo, who scored the winning goal against Forest Green on Saturday, is fit after coming off with a slight injury.

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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