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Coleman could add seven new faces

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman said he may bring in seven new faces in the summer.

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman said he may bring in seven new faces in the summer.

The manager admitted, after just two wins in the last 10 Conference games for the Reds - not including last night's clash with Telford - that wholesale changes could be made to his squad.

"Initially it was just three or four but now I am looking at six or seven new people," said the Reds chief. "Don't get me wrong, the lads have been great all season and have all worked hard and there is a terrific spirit at the club."

"But there is no room for sentiment in football and I think I need to bring in some fresh faces. It does mean some will have to go but we can't stand still and that's my job."

"We need another striker and I would love it if Lee McEvilly came back to the club. We need a fresh injection."

He wasn't naming names at this stage as he assesses his players in the final run-in. And Stanley are currently desperate for a win to finish their season with a flurry with games at home to Forest Green tomorrow followed by a trip to Scarborough on Easter Monday.

"We don't want the season to die. We have got to stick our chests out and do our best to win all our remaining games," said the boss, who lost his first ever final as a manager with the Lancashire FA Marsden Cup defeat to Morecambe on Tuesday night.

"We have got to start winning games as now we have lost three on the spin and I can't remember a run of four or five losses since I have been here."

"And we need to win games at home to keep the fans coming in. They have been terrific all season and were brilliant on Tuesday night."

"I think the fans appreciate we are just going through a bad patch and we need to get into the winning habit again. We can do it as we had a 14-game unbeaten run earlier in the season."

"We need to sharpen up all over the pitch - up front, in defence and midfield."

And he hopes they have that vital win under their belts by the time they face Scarborough.

"They, like us, had a good FA Cup run and everyone says that it can lead to a dip in league form. You do try and guard against it but it is like a runaway train - you expect it to come and can do nothing to stop it. But we need to put a spring back in our stride."

Defender Steve Halford is back in contention for Saturday's match after a four-game ban.

Meanwhile, Dean Calcutt hopes the team can raise their game for the run-in as he knows there is a lot of tiredness in the camp.

"The lads are a bit flat," he said. "There is tiredness as it is hard when you are finishing work at 5pm in the week or 12pm on Saturday morning and jumping into cars and driving to football."

"But it is not an excuse - I enjoy playing football and it is a privilege to do it, it is just hard to juggle things around at times."

"I know if I go full-time with Stanley next season I will improve around 30 per cent with training every day and not worrying about my job."

"It has been a big learning curve this season but if we can finish in the top ten we will have done well."

"If only, though, we could have got into that top six earlier on in the season and made that extra step - we might have stayed there."


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