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INTERVIEW: All guns blazing for Wrexham clash says Coley

Reds boss relishing full house and special atmosphere

16 November 2023


INTERVIEW: All guns blazing for Wrexham clash says Coley

Reds boss relishing full house and special atmosphere

16 November 2023

John Coleman is hoping Accrington Stanley can turn on the style in front of a full house with second-placed Wrexham the visitors on Saturday.

Phil Parkinson's side are currently second in the League Two table and are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions.

Top scorer is Elliot Lee with ten goals and they obviously come with the Hollywood glamour of owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney and the Disney+ film crew of 'Welcome to Wrexham'.

Eighth-placed Stanley lost to Doncaster Rovers in extra-time in the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday night and have lost their last two league matches.

"I am disappointed about going out the FA Cup, it hurts, but you lick your wounds on Wednesday and then you have to come back all guns blazing," said the Reds boss.

"We are still in a good position in the league and we have got to be positive in our outlook.

"We have to bounce into training, as we did today, and bounce into Saturday's game believing the style of football which we are starting to play is getting better.

"We are capable of making chances and, on one day, a lot of our chances are going to go in. If we keep believing like that, we will win more games than we don't.

"On Saturday, we have the opportunity to win a game of football, at home, hopefully in front of a full house.

"Our fans when these games come up are terrific, they are terrific anyway, and it's special when our fans get behind us and there is no other place you would want to be playing."

Stanley have defender Brad Hills back after suspension and Josh Andrews is hoping to return after illness. Shaun Whalley, Seamus Conneely, Joe Pritchard, Korede Adedoyin and Rosaire Longelo all came off injured on Tuesday.

"They are all being monitored but none have been ruled out for Saturday.

"Our lads always run themselves into the ground, we are making chances, we have to start taking more of them. There are loads of things which can affect you and you have to learn to deal with them and accept they are part of the game."

Coleman admits that Wrexham, with all that comes with it, will be a massive game and one he will relish.

"I know they have got global reputation with the film stars. I think the attention is a good thing.

"The lower leagues provide some unbelievable entertainment and, because there are so many big clubs in England, some have to filter down to League One and Two.

"Football didn’t begin and end in 1992 with the Premier League.

"Football has been a fantastic sport for as long as I can remember and have loved it ever since hugging my brother when Jeff Astle scored in the FA Cup final, my first memory.

"It gives you pleasure, pain, lifelong friends and it’s not all centred about the Premier League.

"I think it’s important the lower league teams, particular with international duty, do get their moment in the sun."

The full pre-match interview video with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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