John Coleman has spoken of his desire to put Stanley’s recent defeat to Exeter behind them, starting by bringing a strong squad to Sincil Bank this evening.
Speaking to the club’s official site, Coleman (pictured) said: “We do not want to dwell on Exeter but we have got to learn lessons from it,” said Coleman. “I have had a few days off from the players which I think will do both of us the world of good. Sometimes you have to take a step back, we are third in the league and we could have put a seventh point cushion if we had won at Exeter but it hasn’t happened and you have to deal with it. What we have shown this season is that we can bounce back and we have got to make sure we do it again.”
The opportunity to bounce back presents itself in the Checkatrade Trophy this evening where Stanley will be looking to carve a route to Wembley, much the same as we will. There’s been debate as to whether the likes of Kayden Jackson, Billy Kee and Sean McConville will play, but Coleman hinted at a strong squad.
“We have had time off and we could get rusty and what we want to do is make sure we get our form back from the previous weeks. The players are disappointed, they are keen to put it right and I will put a strong squad out for Lincoln, as we did at Wigan in the last round.
In this competition, we have scored goals which will give confidence to players and the players want to get back on the horse and start performing.”
Accrington are not going to get to the final of the FA Cup or the League Cup … we believe we are one of the better teams in League Two so why not us?
In that Wigan game Billy Kee, Scott Brown, Ben Richards-Everton, Mallik Wilks and Farrend Rawson all started, players who have all had plenty of league football too. Whilst they didn’t play their strongest side, Coleman went on to hint at their desire to reach Wembley.
“You have to be realistic. Accrington are not going to get to the final of the FA Cup or the League Cup but a number of League Two sides have made the final of the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley. We believe we are one of the better teams in League Two so why not us?”
His thoughts echo those of Danny Cowley, but both managers are clever with the news they release to the press. Both starting line-ups will be shrouded in mystery until around 7pm. Expect a really intriguing game this evening between two side who will both be in the top ten of the league come May. Whether either will be at Wembley remains to be seen.