Pro­mo­tion Cole­man’s pri­mary aim

Accrington Observer - - MOTORS -

SHELDAN KEAY

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley boss John Cole­man has re­vealed that he would be happy to fin­ish in third place if he was of­fered it now.

The Reds are three points clear at the top of the League Two ta­ble, with Lu­ton Town and Wy­combe Wan­der­ers oc­cu­py­ing the other pro­mo­tion places.

While Cole­man ad­mits that fin­ish­ing as cham­pi­ons would be a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for the club, his main goal is just to earn pro­mo­tion.

“It would be lovely to win the league and we will strive to do that but first and fore­most the prize is to get pro­moted. If we can sur­pass that and win the league, that’s smash­ing, but if some­one of­fered me third place now I would bite their hand off,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site. “We are go­ing to have blips in our last games but you can­not get too high or too low, all we can do is keep work­ing hard.

“I think that’s what sets us apart from other teams in League Two, our work-rate.

“We have to play a lot of the teams around us but there are no easy games whether you are play­ing teams at the top or the bot­tom as Chesterfield showed by beat­ing Notts County last week. You’ve got to be con­sis­tent in your ap­proach and pick up the points, which thank­fully we have done in re­cent weeks.

“We have a way to ap­proach the game, we play a cer­tain way and we have found a way to pick up points, es­pe­cially since Christ­mas.

“One of the things you can taste around the place is how keen, hun­gry and ex­cited the play­ers are about the whole end of the sea­son. You can feel how much they have got their bit be­tween their teeth.”

Cole­man has been ex­tremely pleased with his side’s ef­forts in re­cent weeks, and be­lieves his team are also fi­nally start­ing to get a bit of luck go­ing their way.

“You have to have some luck when you go on a run of win­ning games and we have had some luck,” he said.

“Be­lief, con­fi­dence and mo­men­tum is huge in foot­ball. Some­times you come off the pitch won­der­ing how you have won, say­ing that some­times you walk off the pitch af­ter play­ing well and won­der how you haven’t won.

“We have found a way to play and it has been suc­cess­ful, we have a great team spirit and char­ac­ter and there are nine big per­for­mances needed.

“When you are do­ing well, it’s in­evitable that you will at­tract at­ten­tion.

“You have just to get on with it and it’s great that peo­ple are talk­ing about us for the right rea­son but I wish it was when ev­ery­thing is over and done with.”

John Cole­man

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