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INTERVIEW: Topping the group is the aim says Coley

Reds need draw or win over Nottingham Forest Under-21s

20 November 2023


INTERVIEW: Topping the group is the aim says Coley

Reds need draw or win over Nottingham Forest Under-21s

20 November 2023

Accrington Stanley take on Nottingham Forest Under-21s in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy final group game tomorrow aiming to finish top of the table to receive a home draw in the knockout stages.

The Reds currently top the group with two wins - and a victory or a draw tomorrow will confirm this while Warren Joyce's side need a 3-0 win to overtake Stanley at the top.

John Coleman will use the opportunity to shuffle his pack and build on Saturday's League Two win over Wrexham which took the Reds back into the Play-Off places.

"Saturday was a big crowd and it's the big occasion our players and fans feed off," said the Reds boss.

"It led to being a good game of football and we were delighted to win the game but then you have the come down of not someone's first team but players who want to get into that first team.

"That presents its own problems and they will want to show the manager what they can do and I will have a few players playing for me who will be doing exactly the same so it should be a good game.

"I love this competition, I am desperate to win it, which I don't think many managers would say the same.

"It gives us a chance to get to Wembley, put money into the club which bigger clubs might not need but it helps us.

"It also gives us a chance to blood young players while knowing we are still desperate to win every game of football we play and so they can come into the environment that is so intent on winning that it's scary."

Due to international break, the team Forest send is a bit unknown but Coleman doesn't mind that.

"It might give their manager an opportunity to play players from the fringes of their first team but they can only play four players over 21.

"It will be interesting to see what team they put out. Whatever team should be good, they are a massive club.

"I remember that unbelievable night when Paul Mullin scored the winner here against Nottingham Forest in 2006 in the then Carling Cup. That was a remarkable feeling."

The prize for winning a group game is £10,000 and Coleman knows how much that means, especially after being knocked out of the FA Cup.

Coleman added: "No amount of fiscal game could make me want to win a game of football more.

"But any money you achieve you have to use it wisely. We are always trying to be a profitable, self-sustained club and you don't want to fritter money away or the opportunity to take money. That was why it was disappointing going out of FA Cup to Doncaster.

"You can only go out and do your best and the players who go out tomorrow, it won't be money motivating them, it will be the opportunity to go out and impress the coaching staff and myself and the fans. There's plenty to gain from this competition."

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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