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John Coleman wants revenge over Dagenham & Redbridge despite Accrington Stanley injury crisis

23 October 2015

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman may have a depleted defence, but he's looking for revenge over Dagenham & Redbridge in Sky Bet League 2 this weekend.

Stanley have lost their last two matches - the first time they have been defeated twice on the bounce this season - and boss Coleman only had two fit defenders to work with at training yesterday, ahead of the Daggers' visit.

Coley says he could have only 2 fit defenders for training today. Can definitely be considered a defensive injury crisis

— Accrington Stanley (@ASFCofficial) October 22, 2015
Despite this, the manager is targeting a victory for his eighth-placed side, with their 4-0 loss to Dagenham on the final day of last season at the forefront of his mind.

They also shipped four goals last time out, losing 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday, but Coleman is backing his men to react.

“I want to get revenge for that as they [Dagenham] gave us a real battering. We want to put that right on Saturday," the manager told the club's official website.

“I have watched it [the midweek loss] time and time again and the harsh reality is Wimbledon were better than us. I don’t like saying it but that’s the truth.

“I didn’t set the players out to play like that, the players didn’t want to play like that but that’s how it transpired. I have been in football long enough to know sometimes games like this happen, the big thing is to make sure it doesn’t happen too many times.”

Stanley's fortunes have taken a sharp turn this month. After going unbeaten in the league in September and Coleman taking the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month award, he now faces an injury list that could force him into reshuffling his entire defence.

Read more: John Coleman named Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month

Although he remains confident, and has been given a boost with Matt Crooks returning from suspension.

He added: “It is an injury crisis, there is no getting away with it, and every player who gets injured at the moment is a defender.
“But we do have players who can step up in the squad and we may have to ask them to do it, but I have faith in these players.”

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