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INTERVIEW: Coley hopes for birthday cheer at Grimsby

Reds looking to build on two victories with Mariners trip

12 October 2023

John Coleman hopes he can celebrate his 61st birthday today with a win at Grimsby on Saturday.

The Reds manager admitted he was having a quiet day today but his ultimate present would be the three points as Stanley make a trip to the Mariners on Saturday.

"The best celebration is getting a win, we won before Jimmy's birthday last Saturday so let's hope we can keep it going," said the Reds boss.

Stanley won against Forest Green Rovers last Saturday and a young Reds side overcame Harrogate 5-3 to go top of Northern Group C in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.

"We have to take the positives out of Tuesday. I was blazing for 10 minutes of the second half (when Harrogate scored twice) but if you focus on the game in general we played some really good football, passed the ball well, made chances and took them and hopefully we can carry it onto Saturday."

Josh Andrews scored two goals against FGR while Korede Adedoyin hit his first ever hat-trick against Harrogate.

"We have got lads who are aspiring to be better and it's our duty to try and make them better, improve them and if they leave us, we like to think it's as a better person and player.

"For Josh, when you get into a rhythm of scoring goals it's uncanny as the ball just goes into the net, when you are on a drought you can do nothing.

"It's weird as a striker. You don't do anything different but all of a sudden the ball goes in or it doesn't. We keep working on Josh and trying to make him more hungry for goals.

"We know Korede has that in him and we have to keep him switched on."

Stanley are 12 games in now and are in 11th place while Paul Hurst’s Grimsby are in 18th spot.

"League Two is what I expected. It's tough, there are good players, it's physical, teams are organised, they have experienced managers and you always think there is a chance for some teams to make a charge for the Play-Offs.

"You have to rack up as many wins as you can as early so you can to put yourself in that position so you are fighting at one end than fighting to stay up.

"It's still early days. I think once you have got eyes on every team in the league that's when you can start judging. It's only when you get towards Christmas, you get bedded into the league and start working out where you are."

Former Reds defender Harvey Rodgers plays for the Mariners.

"He is a great lad, very laid back and he has an eye for goal which we will be wary of.

"I get on well with their manager Paul Hurst too. I have been on courses with him in the past, he is astute and good at his job and he is a really good footballing guy."

Stanley still have a host of injuries to contend with.

Goalkeeper Toby Savin has had a shoulder operation and is out for around three months while Seb Quirk also had an operation on his hamstring this week.

Sean McConville will go to St George's Park next week as he continues his recovery while Liam Coyle will see a specialist this week for a pelvic problem.

Coleman added: "Seamus Conneely is wait and see. It's folly to rush him back as we have got to make sure he is 100 per cent.

"Tommy Leigh has a calf injury so we can't take any chances with that either. It's not ideal but as we saw midweek, lads can come in who can do a job."

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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