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INTERVIEW: John previews Bradford City

Stanley Interim Manager John Doolan discusses tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two fixture against Bradford City

8 March 2024


INTERVIEW: John previews Bradford City

Stanley Interim Manager John Doolan discusses tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two fixture against Bradford City

8 March 2024

Accrington Stanley Interim Manager John Doolan discusses tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two fixture against Bradford City.

The Reds come into the game at the Wham Stadium on the back of three losses, but prior to the 1-0 defeat to Crawley Town, had only lost twice in East Lancashire across all competitions since the start of December.

Meanwhile, The Bantams, who claimed a first win under new manager, Graham Alexander, in this season's reverse fixture, are unbeaten in their last five league outings and have conceded only one goal in that time.

John on this week:

"I'm really excited to be honest, I'm looking forward to the game at the weekend, the focus all this week has been on Bradford.

"I just can't wait, I'm really, really excited and I know the players are as well.

"I don't like being in the spotlight, I've come in with John (Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell), it speaks volumes what they've done for the club and everything else.

"People would see me in the dugout, shouting a lot, but I'm a sort of a quiet person myself, I just go about what I have to do, try and get my job done to the best of my ability.

"I know what it means to the fans, because I'm a fan myself of a football club, so I know what it means to go to a match, I know what it means to see your team win and not just to the fans, but to the people outside, the people who work around the buildings, the people who work in the offices.

"It just puts smiles on people's faces, if you can get some sort of result. If you get a point, three points, or win a round in the cup, everyone goes home happy, that gives me satisfaction doing stuff like that.

"I know how everything runs, a few little things have changed, but it's nothing dramatic at the minute, it's just business as usual. It hasn't been a nice week, but I've been asked to take the reins up and I'm going to try and do the job the best I can.

"It's business as usual, the players know what they've got to do, they know who they're representing, they know what the badge means on their chest, and we'll find that out on Saturday when the team gets selected."

John on Bradford:

"At the minute, they've sort of gone under the radar because they haven't played for a while, I know they played Tuesday and they drew with Doncaster, but they're a good side, they've had five clean sheets before that, so that tells me a lot about the team themself.

"We played them at their place, it wasn't much of a game.

"It was what it was, we lost 1-0, it was sort of a route one ball and flick on, the lad's done an unbelievable finish, so we know all about the players, know all about the style of play, know the shape of the team, know they've got a few people coming back from injuries, so I've done all my research on them.

"The pressure comes from within, you want to go and get a result in terms of a point or three points, but there's pressure within.

"There's pressure on everyone, it's how you deal with the pressure.

"You've got to go out and try and win a game and at the moment, the way it sits, Bradford are a point ahead of us in the league, if we can get that win and go above them, great, and see where it takes us.

"We've got 11 games left, so we're going to try and win as much of them games as possible."

John on the supporters:

"The fans are going to be behind us because you know what that Clayton End is like, you know what the fans are like here, it's brilliant.

"They're a massive part of it, if they can get behind the team and support the team like they have been doing, it'll take us a long way.

"Come and support the team, it's their team, it's their club, I want them just to get behind the team.

"Them lads, whoever goes out on Saturday, whoever comes off the bench, they've got to get behind them, support them, because that's what I'm doing right now and that's what I want, I want them to be passionate, I want them to get behind the team, I want them to drive the team forward and hopefully get what they want, which is three points."

John on injuries:

"Shaun Whalley's back, in terms of that, you've got what you've got, you've got to put, maybe, square pegs in round holes a little bit, but it gives someone an opportunity, it might be one of the youth team players.

"We had a game on Tuesday against Burnley in the cup and if you saw them kids play, they were great, they knocked the ball around potential Premiership stars of the future, so the lads done really well.

"We haven't got a problem of putting any of them lads in because the fans want to see the lads run around and give 100 per cent on that pitch and they'll clap them off the field win, lose, or draw."

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