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INTERVIEW: We don't want to be the nearly men says Coley

Reds boss looks ahead to AFC Wimbledon clash

12 February 2024


INTERVIEW: We don't want to be the nearly men says Coley

Reds boss looks ahead to AFC Wimbledon clash

12 February 2024

John Coleman doesn't want his Accrington Stanley side to be the 'nearly men' and that means they need the win tomorrow night at home to AFC Wimbledon to keep up their Play-Off challenge.

Johnnie Jackson's side are currently eighth in the League Two table, four points ahead of the 13th placed Reds.

Stanley have lost a number of vital points after leading this season, including Harrogate, Crewe, Gillingham and the latest at MK Dons on Saturday where, after leading 1-0, MK scored a 93rd-minute winner.

"We don't want to be in danger of becoming the nearly men this season," said the Reds boss. "That seems to be the tale of our season so far. We have conceded late goals in a number of games.

"We can't do anything about the past now and everything is for the future and we have to got to always try and be better."

Coleman admitted Saturday's loss hurt but he has moved on now.

"After the game I was disappointed, raging, sad, hurt, angry - a range of emotions.

"I made a mistake with the substitution at half-time, I know why I have done it but I know how it's cost us.

"That's no disrespect to Seamus Conneely coming on at half-time. It was the way I changed the shape of the team, that was the mistake, I have to take responsibility, it was a big reason why we lost the initiative in the game.

"But now we can only look forward. AFC Wimbledon had a smashing result at the weekend - a great win against Barrow and it could have been more than 2-0.

"We know all about Harry Pell, a great character who we still speak to regularly.

"They have lost a couple of players they wouldn't have liked to have lost and got a couple of injuries but they are where they are in the league for a reason - they are capable of winning games.

"We know they have qualities, we have to try and eliminate them, and we have to try and give them more problems.

"At home, we have to take the game to them. That's the plan. When the Clayton End is rocking, it's one of the best feelings."

Jay Rich-Baghuelou was going for a scan today after coming off injured after 25 minutes at MK Dons.

Joe Pritchard will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury to go alongside the long-term injured, including Shaun Whalley, Sean McConville, Liam Coyle, Korede Adedoyin, Matt Lowe and Toby Savin.

It's hoped Norwich loan defender Lewis Shipley will be fit to play after missing the trip to MK Dons.

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