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Players battling for contracts

JOHN Coleman has admitted that most of his players are now playing for their contracts when the Reds go full-time next season.

JOHN Coleman has admitted that most of his players are now playing for their contracts when the Reds go full-time next season.

Stanley are still discussing terms with the majority of players and the Reds chief has said they now need to impress him in the final run-in or he will bring in fresh faces - especially after recent results.

"I know I have got some big decisions to make but I am not scared to make them," said Coleman. "At the moment we are not improving. We are standing still or going backwards. It has got to change quickly."

"There will be around 1000 players looking for jobs in the summer and we will have a good choice. It is up to the players now to show their character."

It has been a tough two games for the Reds who lost to Hereford on Saturday and then struggling Margate on Tuesday night.

They need to get back on track for a top eight place - and an LDV Vans Trophy spot - with a win tomorrow at home to in-form Stevenage.

"I have said all along we won't sulk. We are going through a bad patch but we have to make sure we aren't hospitalised. It's at home against a good side and we need a win."

But what is really frustrating him is the fact the Reds aren't taking their chances

"Some of the chances we missed on Tuesday were unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was seeing out there."

"It is so frustrating. It is a double edged sword as we are creating them so we are doing something right. But as a club we are missing too many."

Coleman is talking about the team as a whole although Lutel James and Paul Mullin - despite scoring for fun earlier in the season - are going through a tricky patch. Mullin hasn't scored in six games and James in four.

"Lutel did brilliantly on Tuesday night to run about 50 yards and get into a good position and then he fired it over the bar," said the Reds chief.

"He doesn't mean to miss them but it is frustrating that things are just not going for us."

"Perhaps Lutel and Paul are lacking a bit of confidence in front of goal and I may have to think about resting some of my players. But the top and bottom of it is that Margate was a game we should have won, we didn't and now I have got to address why we haven't."

He continued: "We have acted professionally by going down there and staying overnight but we have got to be professional on the pitch as well."

"That included the defence as well. We are giving silly goals away. It is time for them to get back to the form of earlier on in the season."

Defender Robbie Williams returns following a five match suspension tomorrow.

"We are glad he is back as we have missed some of his attributes," said Coleman.

Midfielder Andy Gouck is still a week away from returning. He had been hospitalised with viral pneumonia but Coleman says he is on the road to recovery.

Left back Steve Hollis is also set to be back soon but is still struggling with a knee injury.

With still an LDV Vans Trophy place to play for and the FA Marsden Lancashire Troph final, the season isn't over.

"We have got to use this season, not let it be wasted and see what areas we can improve in," said Coleman. "It is a learning curve for myself, the staff and the club itself. But it is a forward thinking club which will learn."

Meanwhile, Stanley midfielder Paul Cook will be elevated to a player-coach role next season.


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