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INTERVIEW: Coley's full concentration is on AFC Wimbledon

Stanley look to make it four League Two wins on the bounce

23 October 2023

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INTERVIEW: Coley's full concentration is on AFC Wimbledon

Stanley look to make it four League Two wins on the bounce

23 October 2023

John Coleman says his full concentration is on AFC Wimbledon tomorrow night as the Reds look to make it four League Two wins on the bounce.

Stanley owner Andy Holt announced the club was up for sale at the weekend but the Reds manager says his sole focus is on making sure Stanley first hit their 50 point target which should confirm them as an EFL club next season.

The Reds are currently in seventh place on 23 points with AFC Wimbledon a point and a place behind them.

"Our main priority is the football game tomorrow," said Coleman. "We all want to stay in this league, we know it's paramount to what we are here for. That's all I am concentrating on.

"Everyone from the top to the bottom at the club understands the importance of staying in the Football League.

"Getting to the 50 point total will give us breathing space but if we want to challenge at the top end, we have to surpass 50 points and that’s got to be our aim.

"The more points we can accrue then we can challenge at the nice end of the table.

"We are trying to get a team to perform the way we want them to play and carry on the spirit of Saturday's performance and take it to another away game.

"We competed well at Grimsby in our last away game in difficult conditions but didn't hit the heights of the way I know we can play.

"We now need to transfer a positive home performance and result into an away performance and result and if we can get on that run, where the players start to feel invincible, that's how you get success. That's how we are striving to be."

Stockport are the in-form team in League Two with eight league wins on the bounce while Notts County are second, having lost only three league games all season.

"It's a tough league, lots of team are finding that out. Teams are getting on good runs, Morecambe for example, and the big hitters are starting to find their feet - Wrexham, Notts County, Stockport and look at how well Crewe are doing.

"Every game is a fight. There was another managerial casualty last weekend with the Colchester manager Ben Garner going.

"People are expecting a lot of things out of this league, you have to be prepared to roll your sleeves up and fight for every point."

AFC Wimbledon rose from non-league in 2002 into the league and there are similarities between them and the Reds.

"Ours was perhaps the more iconic as we were the first to go out of the league and come back but you have got to take your hat off at what they have been through and to come back.

"To what they have had to go through to get where they are, that in itself is a fantastic achievement. It's two clubs who have been reborn fighting each other."

Wimbledon's top scorer is James Tilley with eight goals and they have former Reds midfielder Harry Pell in their ranks.

"I still speak to Pelly. Harry is a cracking lad, a great character and a great lad. He likes what he sees at the club, thinks they have good players and can be a threat at the top end like we do.

"But you have got to get the points on the board to do that. We had a good experience the last time we went there, Jay Rich-Baghuelou scored a screamer and John O'Sullivan got his parting goal for us and it was a good day all round."

Seamus Conneely is back in the squad but Matt Lowe is struggling to shake off a calf injury. Liam Coyle, Toby Savin, Seb Quirk and Sean McConville remain sidelined.

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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