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STANLEY manager John Coleman admitted he went over the top with his outburst following the loss to Shrewsbury.

GET UP . . . Jonathan Smith outleaps the Shrews defence
GET UP . . . Jonathan Smith outleaps the Shrews defence

STANLEY manager John Coleman admitted he went over the top with his outburst following the loss to Shrewsbury.

The Reds boss vented his anger, slamming his side's performance in the 1-0 defeat as "disgusting'' and promising big changes.

However, on reflection and after watching the video, he has calmed down and admits he wasn't totally right in his post-match analysis.

"I went a bit too far. I was worked up after the game. I still stand by what I said in terms of the enthusiasm - I don't think we showed enough.

"And we need to be more direct and positive around the area - we didn't have enough shots. But I was just too het up. I will make changes to the team if necessary - but I don't think they need to be wholesale."

The Reds boss does wear his heart on his sleeve and was frustrated that his team didn't perform to the best of their ability in front of a record crowd of 3,134.

However they have the chance to put it right against Forest Green tomorrow and then at home against Scarborough on Monday (ko 3pm).

"It is up to my players to show their enthusiasm now. Forest Green haven't had the best of starts but they have signed a few players on loan and are difficult to break down. We should be okay though if we play to our strengths."

Then it is Scarborough and Coleman is keen to make the Interlink Express Stadium a fortress again after their 25-game unbeaten league run at home was broken by the Shrews defeat.

"I was disappointed to lose that run, especially in only the second game of the season, and I do require a response now from the players. They were aware that they were playing for their places before and they certainly are now!

"I know those on the sidelines are frustrated - I would be disappointed if they weren't - but they might get their chance. Steve Halford has still a big part to play this season and he has only come on once against Aldershot."

Striker Lutel James will have a fitness test tomorrow morning on his hamstring.

"He is a big player for us but we have others who can come in," said the Reds boss.

One of them is Darren Connell who signed from Scarborough in the summer and could play a part against his former club.

Meanwhile, striker Brian Welch went on loan to Stalybridge and played two games, but has now returned to Stanley.

  • THE Barbados national side are set to face Stanley at the Interlink Express Stadium on Thursday 11 September. The Reds visited Barbados in 1995 and the national side are now hoping to return the compliment on their short tour of England.

MANAGER: Colin Addison
TOP SCORER: Neil Grayson(1)
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