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No panic in goalie search

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is not panicking about the goalkeeper situation as the Reds hunt for a number one.

MORE COMPOSED . . . ex-Barnsley keeper Danny Alcock
MORE COMPOSED . . . ex-Barnsley keeper Danny Alcock

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is not panicking about the goalkeeper situation as the Reds hunt for a number one.

Chairman Eric Whalley is waiting to hear if the work permit has gone through for Australian international keeper Jason Petkovic - the Home Office had said they would get back to Stanley this week.

But boss John Coleman is not worried - and has been impressed by trialist Danny Alcock. The 20-year-old former Barnsley shot-stopper played half a game in the 2-1 loss to Burnley on Saturday and then the full match in Wednesday night's 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Rochdale.

"I am not panicking about the keeper situation. These things have a habit of sorting themselves out and I am sure it will," said the Reds chief as Stanley look for replacements for Jamie Speare and Jon Kennedy, who failed to agree terms from last season.

"Danny was more confident and composed against Rochdale. He didn't have a lot to do coming for crosses but dealt with shots comfortably and swept up well. He talked and organised which was good."

Coleman had invited former West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday goalie Kevin Pressman to come and train with the Reds but he has signed for Leicester. And he also admitted an interest in former Manchester United, Blackburn and Burnley defender David May but says that has come to nothing.

"All we did was we made David an offer to train with us and play for us, as we did with Kevin Pressman, and they haven't got back to us," said the Reds chief. "It was just a case of asking them if they wanted to have a go. Kevin Pressman has gone to Leicester and good luck to him. It isn't a case of getting a big name signing, though, it is just a case of getting players who will take us forward."

Stanley have had a number of trailists on show including former Bury and Huddersfield central defender Ian Hughes who has played a part in both pre-season friendlies so far.

And he tried out a number of wingers against Rochdale and he expects to have a look at them again in their friendly game against Nationwide North side Stafford Rangers at the Interlink on Saturday (3pm) Cost is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. And then the Reds face Coca Cola Championship side Preston who will send a mixed team to the Interlink on Thursday (ko 7.45pm).

Meanwhile Jonathan Smith has decided to pack up his job at Hyndburn Sports Centre and go full-time with the Reds. The defender was hoping to juggle both but has decided to become a fully-fledged professional footballer.

"It was hard work watching the players train while I was working and I just decided to have a go," said Smith.

Meanwhile, Coleman said there is plenty more to come from his side as they step up a gear in preparation for their opening Nationwide Conference fixture against Burton at home on August 14.

"We are still getting our fitness and the players haven't been coached yet. Once we get the fitness out of the way and get how we want to play the game across, then hopefully we will see a big improvement.

"Saying that, everytime we go out onto the field we have got to try and win games and get into a good habit. If you concede a goal, you should be annoyed, if you miss a chance you should be annoyed and we have picked the wrong pass once or twice.

"But that is all part of the learning process in pre-season and we are getting into the right habit."


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