Cole­man stands by Stan­ley style

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‘We be­lieve our style of foot­ball will see us win more than we won’t’

STAN­LEY man­ager John Cole­man is adamant that his team’s style of foot­ball will do them more good than harm this sea­son.

The Reds came up short on Tues­day, suf­fer­ing a 2-1 de­feat against Grimsby Town at the Wham Sta­dium.

Stan­ley op­er­ated their usual pass­ing style in the match, while Grimsby opted for a more di­rect ap­proach, with their win­ner com­ing after a long ball for­ward.

While Ac­cring­ton may have lost on that oc­ca­sion, Cole­man in­sists that their tac­tics will pay off in the long run.

“We’ve come up against a big phys­i­cal side and they won’t be the only team like that in League Two, but we play foot­ball, and we be­lieve our style of foot­ball will see us win more than we won’t,” he said.

“That’s not to say other meth­ods are right or wrong. Grimsby won the game so it’s paid off for them, but we won’t play long ball.

“We con­ceded a calami­tous goal for their win­ner. It came from a long ball which was that their whole game was based on, and we were dis­ap­pointed with how it went in.

“Games are won and lost on goals though and we’ve got to be more dy­namic with our play. There is a fine line be­tween win­ning and los­ing, and I don’t think ei­ther side could have com­plained to win, lose or draw on Tues­day.

“I don’t think ei­ther team did enough to win it, but it was al­ways the case of who took their chances and had that bit of luck.

“We weren’t at our best and we’re not go­ing to try and dis­guise that, but goals def­i­nitely change games and in our case, we didn’t take our chances, so fair play to Grimsby.”

Stan­ley have dropped to third place in the League Two ta­ble after the de­feat, six points off lead­ers Ex­eter City.

Cole­man’s men will now look to re­turn to win­ning ways when they head to strug­glers Ch­ester­field on Satur­day.

The Spire­ites have found things tough so far this sea­son, sit­ting in 21st place, just one point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Their last match ended in a 1-1 draw with Colch­ester United, with Bran­don Han­lan’s late goal for the home side can­celling out Louis Reed’s opener for Ch­ester­field.

Nathan Stirk

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