Stan­ley only one aim for sea­son

Accrington Observer - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley boss John Cole­man has re­it­er­ated that his team’s sole aim this sea­son is to earn pro­mo­tion to League One.

The Reds have gone close to es­cap­ing League Two in the past couple of years, but ul­ti­mately fell short at the end of the cam­paign.

This time around, Ac­cring­ton have made a good start to the sea­son and are one of the teams chal­leng­ing near the top, and Cole­man in­sists that needs to re­main the case over the next few months.

“It was made very clear at the start of the sea­son that pro­mo­tion is our only aim,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“I think that the lads have bought into it and they are act­ing like pro­mo­tion can­di­dates, we aren’t go­ing to go away that’s for sure – we’ve got to try and get our­selves into those au­to­matic slots and you only do that by win­ning.

“We’ve got good ex­pe­ri­ence in the dress­ing room but I’d like us to be a bit louder out on the pitch, I like to hear the play­ers opin­ions and I like to know what led them to make the de­ci­sions that they make and it’s im­por­tant that we have an open­door pol­icy for play­ers to speak.”

Stan­ley cur­rently find them­selves third in the League Two ta­ble on 29 points, hav­ing won nine of their 15 matches so far this sea­son.

Cole­man has been fairly pleased with what he has seen, but ad­mits that there is still room for im­prove­ment.

“It’s a promis­ing start but could do bet­ter. At times in games we’ve looked breath­tak­ing but within 10 min­utes in that same game we end up hang­ing on,” he said.

“We’ve got to find that right bal­ance be­tween at­tack and de­fence. The dis­ap­point­ing thing is that we get into a win­ning po­si­tion but we don’t go and do what Lu­ton have been do­ing in re­cent weeks and putting day­light be­tween our­selves and the op­po­si­tion.

“We have a ten­dency to just try and see out a one­goal mar­gin, we did that well against Coventry but you can’t do that each and ev­ery week and there are sides who are capable of hurt­ing you and luck will tran­spire against you at times.”

Stan­ley will now hope to make it two wins in a row when they are back in home ac­tion on Satur­day, wel­com­ing Bar­net for a game at the Wham Sta­dium.

John Cole­man wants to gain an au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spot this sea­son

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