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INTERVIEW: Coley keen to reach mini-target

Play-Off chasing Reds bid to return to winning ways at Crawley Town

9 November 2023


INTERVIEW: Coley keen to reach mini-target

Play-Off chasing Reds bid to return to winning ways at Crawley Town

9 November 2023

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman has set his team a mini-target to get to 30 points as soon as possible – and he will close in on the total if the Reds can beat Crawley Town on Saturday.

Stanley are currently on 26 points and are in the final Play-Off place after four wins and one loss in their last five League Two encounters.

Scott Lindsey’s Town had a strong October where they had four wins and one draw in their league encounters but in October they suffered four league losses and one draw to drop to 14th place in the league.

"My little target is that I always like to get to 30 points as quickly as I can," said the Reds boss.

"The sooner we get there, the better for me but there are a lot of games to be played and a lot of teams in the same position as us thinking they want to win games and climb tables.

"We are still smarting that we didn't get the rewards our performance deserved against Colchester last Saturday but there is nothing we can do about it. What you can do is plan for the next game and try and avoid the pitfalls you have had and try and get better.

"I have been pleased with the change we have showed over the last four or five weeks.

"We were winning a few games earlier on in the season and I wasn't happy - I wasn't happy with the Newport win or the win against Sutton - and I will never be one to get blinded by a scoreline.

"I am very much a student of how we have been playing. I know when we are going in the right direction and when we are not and when we need to address things.

"We have tried to alter the way we play - keep possession better, try not to panic, try and defend a bit better and we are going in the right direction in that. There was a mini step back on Saturday at Doncaster in the FA Cup in the first half but we have ended the game on a positive note."

It's six seasons since the Reds faced The Red Devils in the league but the two teams clashed in the FA Cup last season, with Stanley winning 4-1.

"I know Scott and I know the way he wants to play," said Coleman on Crawley.

"I have watched them three or four times this season, playing against teams who we are due to play, and they are very impressive when they get it right. They will be better equipped than what they were last season."

Coleman is pleased with the healthy competition for places within his squad as, while there are still long-term injuries to Sean McConville, Seb Quirk, Liam Coyle and Toby Savin, the rest of the squad is battling hard with only Tommy Leigh missing this weekend through suspension.

Coleman said: "Joe Pritchard has been really good this season on the impact he has had on the team and they way he has conducted himself as a player and a person.

"He started off brilliantly when he came back from injury, he had a lull which is only to be expected, and has come back strong again now.

"He is deservedly nominated for Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month, as a few of our players could have been, and we have really healthy competition for places now.

"Jack Nolan lights the place up when he is on song, we need him on song all the time he plays but he has found it difficult to break into the team.

"Ben Woods and Dan Martin have been putting in accomplished performances for players so young and Shaun Whalley continues to belie his 82 years of age!

"When you have players who are comfortable with the way they are playing, it rubs off on each other and you get a better feeling, better impact and we are getting that at the moment and we have to keep applying ourselves."

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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