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INTERVIEW: Coley eyes a mini-run for Reds

After victory over Forest Green, a win over Grimsby will propel Reds towards Play-Offs

1 February 2024

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INTERVIEW: Coley eyes a mini-run for Reds

After victory over Forest Green, a win over Grimsby will propel Reds towards Play-Offs

1 February 2024

John Coleman knows Accrington Stanley need to get on another 'mini-run' if they are to challenge for the Play-Offs, starting with a win against Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Coleman admits it's been a stop-start season for his side, apart from in October where four wins on the bounce propelled Stanley up to sixth place in League Two.

They have now gone over the 40-point mark - Coleman's first target - and he wants them to hit 50 points as soon as possible which should secure Stanley's EFL future for next season.

Then it's about putting another group of wins together so that the Reds can challenge for the top seven.

With victory over Forest Green last weekend, another three points against The Mariners will propel Coleman's side towards the Play-Off places.

"The quicker we get to fifty points, the more we can look at the Play-Offs, the longer it takes then the Play-Offs become a distant dream," said the Reds boss.

"We want to go into April with a month of having games that matter. That's five or six games that really get your stomach churning, get you on the edge of your seat and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you score because they mean even more now.

"I know you only get the same points that you do in September as you do in April but they do feel more special when you are going towards something.

"We want that feeling, we don't want the knot in your stomach of a relegation battle which we had last season and we don't want the mediocracy of freewheeling towards the end of the season with nothing to play for as the apathy part of it is probably the worst one of the lot.

"So we want something to fight for and to do that we have to tick relegation avoidance off before we do anything else."

Dave Artell took over at The Mariners in November and they currently sit in 20th place in League Two with one league win in their last seven games.

They have two former Reds in their defence in Harvey Rodgers and Doug Tharme.

Coleman continued: "I was on a course with Dave Artell on Tuesday. We are quite an open book the way we operate, what everyone knows is that League Two is a tough league.

"I have been speaking about this quite a lot, teams going on mini-runs, you have to try and get onto one. You need that second win and the third win and then you feel like you are on a bit of a run.

"Grimsby achieved that when Dave first came in and then you can have a couple of hiccups along the way.

"We have been a little big stop-start - injuries, a postponement - and probably Saturday was the worst we have played in recent weeks and we won.

"I feel we have been on a steady stream of improvement with the way we have played over the last few weeks."

Jay Rich-Baghuelou came on against Forest Green as he continues his return from injury while Coleman confirmed Tommy Leigh could be back on the pitch this weekend.


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