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Coleman up to face former club

JOHN Coleman hopes the song "Superstar" will inspire his team to Lancashire FA Marsden Trophy success.

JOHN Coleman hopes the song "Superstar" will inspire his team to Lancashire FA Marsden Trophy success.

The Reds boss decided to introduce a new song into the dressing room on Saturday and, because they won, he will be trying it out again on Tuesday night against his former club Morecambe in the first leg of the final at the Interlink.

"It was just something different before the game," said Coleman. "We had been getting too het up about missing chances so I just wanted the players to feel good about themselves and thought the song might help."

The Marsden Trophy final is big for the players in the hunt for some silverware this season but it is huge for Coleman against a fellow Conference side and the side in which he was a goalscoring legend. The striker scored 203 goals in 278 appearances for the Shrimps.

Both sides have dropped away from the play-off spots in the last month and being the best in Lancashire is now a big challenge for both clubs.

"In the last month, it has been disappointing for both sides as we have both fallen away from the play-off places so I am sure we both want this trophy," said the Reds chief. "I have always held this cup in high esteem, we won it two years ago and I was disappointed when we were knocked out in the semi-finals last year. We have only won the competition once and I want to win it again"

Stanley have home advantage for the first leg before travelling to Christie Park the week after.

"We have got to make sure we are still in it after the first leg and go there with a good chance. Our home form has been good this season - if we had won some of the matches which we have drawn away from home then we would be in a play-off place. So we know we need to do well at home and make sure we try and go there with a lead."

Whether the Reds pick up the Trophy or not, the boss knows it has been a successful season.

"I am sure not many people thought at this stage of the season in March that we would be in seventh place. I think many people thought we would be involved in a relegaion struggle but we haven't set ourselves any targets and just done the best we can in every game. It has been a good season no matter what."

In the two league clashes against Morecambe so far, Stanley won 1-0 on Boxing Day with Lutel James scoring the winner. And then Steve Halford put through his own goal in the 1-0 loss on New Years Day.


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