Aim­ing high is only way: Co­ley

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BACK to back vic­to­ries have cat­a­pulted Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley to the dizzy­ing heights of fifth in League One – with Reds boss John Cole­man putting it all down to a pos­i­tive frame of mind.

Sat­ur­day’s 1-0 win away at Wal­sall was fol­lowed up with a 1-0 win against Don­caster at home on Tues­day.

Stan­ley were firm favourites for im­me­di­ate rel­e­ga­tion back to League Two at the start of the cam­paign, but find them­selves level on points with mighty Sun­der­land 11 games in.

And Co­ley said too many newly pro­moted clubs ap­proach higher di­vi­sions with a neg­a­tive and he be­lieves it’s the wrong way to go about it.

“It’s un­be­liev­able, but we don’t want to look at other clubs, we just want to try to get our­selves in a po­si­tion where we can chal­lenge,” he said.

“We’ve al­ways said we want to try to chal­lenge at the top end rather than the bot­tom end and plenty of clubs would have come up and felt sorry for them­selves – ‘oh, I’ve got a small bud­get, we haven’t got good train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, we’ll do well to stay up’.

“Well if you feel like that, don’t bother en­ter­ing the league!

“If you are en­ter­ing a league and your only thought is sur­vival then you shouldn’t be en­ter­ing the league for me.

“And I would even in­clude the Premier League in that – I see teams come into the Premier League and I un­der­stand it’s dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish with all the money.

“But for your own san­ity you have got to have a go!”

Dave Howarth

Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley man­ager John Cole­man is de­lighted to see his team hav­ing a real go af­ter earn­ing pro­mo­tion to League One

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