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INTERVIEW: We are confident and positive says Coley

Reds fight to stay in Play-Off spots against Swindon

27 November 2023


INTERVIEW: We are confident and positive says Coley

Reds fight to stay in Play-Off spots against Swindon

27 November 2023

Accrington Stanley will be fighting to stay in the top seven when they take on Play-Off challengers Swindon Town at the Wham Stadium tomorrow night.

A win for the 10th placed Robins will see them leapfrog John Coleman's men and so the Reds boss knows home form will be vital to keep them up near the top.

Stanley won their last home league game - a 2-0 victory over in-form Wrexham - while Michael Flynn's side were the first team to beat Mansfield last week in League Two.

"We will get back on it," said Coleman. "We are confident and positive, we have good players and we know when we are on our game we are a handful for anyone."

Swindon have the league's top scorer Jake Young among their number, with 15 goals and four assists, and also ex-Burnley striker Charlie Austin.

"Jake Young is a lively player who can score goals but you can't get fixated in stopping one player," continued the Reds manager.

"You have to deal with them as a team. He has proved prolific this season but there are plenty more we have got to stop.

"They are a good side but there are plenty of good sides in this league.

"Are they consistently good? The league table doesn't suggest that but you don’t play in front of a league table, you play in front of a crowd.

"On any given day, any team can be good in this league.

"It's a difficult league, we have got a predominantly young side and with this you get inconsistency as they aren't used to racking up games.

"You have got to try and get consistency. It is difficult with a young squad but you have got to try and impose the way you want to play.

"We know the capabilities of Swindon, but it's more important that we have to make ourselves a threat to them."

Coleman was disappointed with Saturday's 1-0 loss at Bradford but knows they need to put that behind them.

"If you watch the game again, there isn't a lot in it. We have to make the clinical moments count for us and keep them out at the other end.

"Swindon play a totally different style to Bradford and we have to try and impose our style on the game quicker than we did on Saturday and for longer periods.

"Unfortunately, we lost the game on Saturday because, for 20 minutes, theirs became the dominant and effective style.

"For the most part we were strong but we fell foul for the goal."

Joe Pritchard is a week away from returning while goalkeepers Toby Savin and Liam Isherwood are back in light training. Liam Coyle is still out with injury.

Sean McConville is making progress but will be away from the Wham Stadium for a while following the devastating death of the mother of his three children Jenna, 33, to cancer last Friday.

Coleman added: "Sean has far more important things to think of. The thing about Accrington Stanley is we think of ourselves as a big family so when you suffer a loss like that everyone hurts and everyone feels for Sean. He will be given all the time he needs."

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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