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Boss is sent to stands

REDS V GRAVESEND
Saturday 3pm

JOHN Coleman will watch Accrington Stanley's final home game of the season on Saturday from the stands after picking up a two-match ban from the Football Association.

REDS V GRAVESEND
Saturday 3pm

JOHN Coleman will watch Accrington Stanley's final home game of the season on Saturday from the stands after picking up a two-match ban from the Football Association.

The Stanley boss appeared before the FA Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday and was also fined £800.

Coleman was punished after incidents at the Aldershot league game - where he and manager Terry Brown squared up to each other in the dug out.

And he was also in front of the FA for his actions in the FA Cup third round replay at Colchester - where the Reds boss felt he was harshly treated by a steward but was asked to watch the second half from the stand by the referee.

Assistant boss Jimmy Bell was fined £50 and warned about his future conduct for the Colchester clash.

"I think they got off lightly," said chairman Eric Whalley. "These type of things aren't good enough and they should be setting an example to the players. We don't want things like that happening off the field."

Stanley wanted the ban to kick in as quickly as possible so that they could start next season with a clean slate for the management duo.

Meanwhile, striker Lutel James admitted there are some jaded legs on the Stanley players - but hopes he can put on a good performance for tomorrow's home finale against in-form Gravesend.

Stanley had suffered with four games in six days and Coleman was furious following their late loss to Scarborough on Monday.

He already said in last week's Observer that there could be seven new faces in the Stanley team next season and he has reiterated this by promising to bring in match winners.

And there could be one or two shocks among the names of the players released, as the contracts are discussed in the next fortnight.

"We don't win often enough and the reason is there is not enough confidence in the side and not enough winners," said the manager. "I will make it my business in the summer to bring in some new players. A few will have to go - those who have had too many chances. It will be based over the season though - not just these last few games."

James is hoping he will be in the Stanley team next season - although he knows he is suffering at the moment.

"I am hoping after a week's rest I will get a hat-trick tomorrow so I can get to 20 league goals for the season!" said James, who has started all the Conference clashes bar one this season.

"We don't want to use tiredness as an excuse but the Conference drains you a lot more physically and mentally than the UniBond did. Overall, I am happy with 22 goals in all competitions but I know that all people can say about me in the last few games is that I gave 100 per cent - I know I have lacked the sharpness."

"Paul (Mullin) has also only missed one league game this season and I think we are both feeling it."

Coleman has made it clear another striker is top of the shopping list in the summer and James - who has seen forwards come and go at Stanley in his three years at the Interlink - is pleased.

"When you are playing constantly it is draining but if you can miss a couple of games, then you can come back sharper and keep scoring goals. Everyone benefits because the goals keep going in and the strikers are always alert and have to battle for their shirts."

"I think when we go full-time next season, people will see the difference at the back end of next season as compared to this."

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