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Opposition View: Accrington Stanley

10 August 2018

We take a look at what Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has said in the press to the build-up to Saturday's game.

Fresh from promotion from Sky Bet League Two, it has been a busy summer at the Wham Stadium.

A number of departures have led to the influx on a number of new faces in John Coleman's squad, who were promoted as champions last season.

It was a harsh welcome to life in Sky Bet League One for Accrington, who lost at home to Gillingham on the opening weekend of the season.

Casting attention to Saturday's fixture, in his Thursday press conference, Stanley boss John Coleman told the Lancaster Telegraph that he's expecting a tough test come 3pm on Saturday.

“It will be a tough game. They’re the same as us on no points after the first game. I’ve watched their game against Peterborough a couple of times and there’s not a lot in it to be fair.

“They conceded after two minutes, which is always a body blow. But they have got good players and if we’re not at our best they can hurt us. But if we are at our best, we can hurt them.

"They have a good manager and they’ve got good players and we’ve got to formulate a way of beating them, and that’s what we’re in the process of doing at the moment.

“Every game you play is tough and every game you play can hinge on certain rubs of the green or a bounce of the ball going your way or a decision here and there going your way.

“But if you have a way of playing and you stick to it and you impose it on the opposition you can generally have more success than failure. We had that a lot last year and hopefully we’ll get back to that."

Inside View...

Sports reporter at the Lancaster Telegraph, Suzanne Geldard, gives us an informed look at Saturday's opponents.

"IT’S hard to say how Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman would sum up the summer transfer market.

"I know, as with many of his counterparts, he has found it more difficult and frustrating than usual to recruit, with the knock-on effects of the World Cup and Premier League teams wanting to hang on to potential loanees as long as possible.

"It was perhaps inevitable, given the season they had last year combined with the need to boost the club’s budget and income, that they would lose some players.

"While key men Mark Hughes and Sean McConville – two of the PFA’s League Two team of the year – were among those to sign new contracts, with Golden Boot winner Billy Kee also on a long-term deal, they lost Golden Glove winner Aaron Chapman on a free transfer to Peterborough United, and on the eve of the new season versatile defender Janoi Donacien was sold to Ipswich Town.

"Kayden Jackson has been the subject of speculation and interest all summer, and while he started the season it looked increasingly likely that the striker would move on before Thursday’s deadline - his switch to Ipswich confirmed late on Thursday's deadline.

"There have been new arrivals to lift the mood though, notably the return of Piero Mingoia, at the end of his Cambridge contract, and striker Offrande Zanzala on a permanent deal from Derby County following a successful loan spell in the second half of Stanley’s title winning season.

"Defender Will Wood was the first post-promotion arrival, from Southampton’s Under 23s, Matty Platt is another defensive option, on loan from neighbouring Blackburn Rovers, while midfielder Sam Finley was signed from AFC Fylde, and made his debut from the bench in the opening day defeat to Gillingham on Saturday."



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