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INTERVIEW: Win at Harrogate could see Reds progress in EFL Trophy

Coley looks ahead to second group game

9 October 2023

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INTERVIEW: Win at Harrogate could see Reds progress in EFL Trophy

Coley looks ahead to second group game

9 October 2023

Accrington Stanley continue their bid to go one step further than last season as they travel to Harrogate Town for the second group game in the EFL Trophy.

Both the Reds and Harrogate won their opening games so both can take a big stride in qualifying for the knockout stages with a win tomorrow night.

John Coleman's men made the semi-finals last season and want to continue their good form in the competition.

He said: "I am sure Harrogate will be thinking the same as they will want to win. It will be a tough game and all we can do is govern what we do.

"We have got to do it with half an eye on Saturday as the league is important and we have to get it right, that's what we are paid for."

Coleman will shuffle his pack as he also factors in the trip to Grimsby on Saturday as the Reds have a number of injuries including Seamus Conneely, Liam Coyle, Sean McConville and Seb Quirk although Jay Rich-Baghuelou is back from suspension. The injury problems have led to forward Matt Lowe playing at right-back in recent games.

"We have been forced to do a number of things we wouldn’t normally do because of the injuries we have had," continued the Stanley manager.

"We have practically lost half of the team which started the season. It’s a big boost having Jay Rich back, he has looked lively in training.

"We are constantly having to shuffle the pack because of injuries. They blighted us last season and hopefully it won’t blight us too much this season."

Coleman is hoping for big things at Harrogate of striker Korede Adedoyin who could get the nod to start as five-goal Birmingham loan striker Josh Andrews is struggling with a minor injury.

"Korede came on on Saturday and did very well and he has got to show that appetite again, he showed he cared.

"I know he does but you can be forgiven for thinking he doesn’t with some of his body language.

"He is a good lad. He is still finding his way, he is a talented footballer and, when we get him on the ball, he can be as big a handful as anyone in this league."

Tommy Leigh (calf) is touch and go after missing Saturday’s 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers.


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