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John Coleman’s men won’t sit back in play-off push

Stanley are determined to get on the front foot as they return to League 2 action at Carlisle

Stanley players pay their respects at Notts County on Remembrance Sunday(Image: kipax.com)

STANLEY boss John Coleman insists he won’t tell his players to ‘shut up shop’ in their bid to reach the League Two play-offs.

After holding Notts County to a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup, Stanley return to league action at Carlisle tomorrow looking to stretch their four-match unbeaten run.

While Coleman didn’t send his players out to contain County last Sunday, they did an excellent job in frustrating a side which is sixth in League One.

And despite showing they are capable of keeping clean sheets on the road, the Reds’ boss claims you won’t see a Stanley side ‘parking the bus’ any time soon.

“We always play to win games,” he said. “If you want to get into the play-offs then you’ve got to be winning games, not drawing them.

“We just didn’t seem ourselves going forward  on Sunday and hopefully we can rectify that.”

Stanley go into the game 12th in League Two, just two points off the top seven, while Carlisle are third-bottom.

Although Stanley visited Brunton Park for a League Cup tie in August 2012, losing 1-0, this will be their first league trip there since a 2-0 defeat in the Conference in March 2005.

And Coleman has told his players to ignore the league table, along with Carlisle’s poor recent results.

“I’ve watched three or four of their games and you don’t always get what your performances merit,” he said. “We’re expecting a difficult, competitive game.

“They’ve had some big changes around the place  in the last few weeks and I’m sure people will be out to impress.

“But we’ll aim to go there with the confidence we’ve been showing in the last couple of games.”

Anthony Barry and Adam Buxton remain doubtful but Nicky Hunt is available again after serving a one-match ban.

Although John O’Sullivan and Sean Maguire can play at Carlisle, the on-loan duo will have to sit out Tuesday’s replay at home to Notts County as they’re ineligible for the FA Cup.

The winners will host Yeovil in the second round but Coleman didn’t follow Monday night’s draw.

“There was no point, Notts County are all we’re focusing on, and it’s not going to be easy because they’ve not lost away in the league,” he said.

“But our home form’s been good, as of late. We don’t fear going anywhere so we certainly don’t fear anyone coming to our place.

“We’ve always had good support in the Cup and hopefully it’ll be the same on Tuesday night.”

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