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Boss on Accrington

12 February 2016

Mark Yates looks ahead to Saturday's trip to the Wham Stadium

Manager Mark Yates will be asking for more of the same from his team when Reds try to build on last Saturday’s morale-boosting win at Stevenage when we travel to Accrington Stanley.


“If I get the same level of performance and commitment from the boys which they gave us last Saturday I’ll be happy,” said Mark.


“In terms of our away performances we set a standard at Stevenage. The new formation worked well, the lads put in a shift as always and we will need to do exactly the same at Accrington if we are to get a result.”


Mark is an admirer of the work the experienced John Coleman has done with Stanley. They are on the fringes of the play-off picture and won 3-0 at Crawley earlier in the season when Reds had to play for the whole of the second half with ten men after Luke Rooney was sent off.


“John has done a great job up there,” said the boss. “They don’t get big crowds so money is tight but what he has achieved shows what can be done if you are given time to build a squad and work with the same group over a period of time.


“They will probably approach things a lot differently to Stevenage. They like to play and they are a strong side at home.”


Reds travelled to the north-west on Friday morning to train prior to heading to their overnight hotel without the injured Joe McNerney and Jimmy Smith.


But Lanre Oyebanjo has travelled for the first time this season as he gets closer to fitness from the knee surgery he had last summer.


Striker Lee Barnard, who missed the win at Stevenage with a stiff neck, has also travelled.


Mark added: “We’ve had another good week in training and had a chat about what we want to achieve over the next few games. The lads are in good spirits but also mindful that we face a very tough opponent on Saturday.”

 

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