Accrington targeting Stadium of Light win as John Coleman talks Sunderland

By Andrew Hankinson

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman deflected top of the table talk ahead of this weekend's visit to the Stadium of Light but did comment on Sunderland's status as a club.

Sunderland and Accrington Stanley both sit on 12 points in League One, with Sunderland ahead on goal difference with a game in hand. That means whichever team wins Saturday's 3pm match will establish themselves at the top of the division.

However, Coleman was eager to play down the importance of the clash at this early stage of the season.

“It is a top-of-the-table clash because they are first and we are second,” he said. “But it’s miles too early to be looking at it like that.

“I don’t think there is a bad side in the whole 24 in this division, this is how strong the league is going to be this year.

“I don’t think any side has hit top form either so we are complaining about us not hitting top form but there are loads of clubs in the same boat.

“The ones who get it going quickly and can be consistent for a longer period, they are the ones who are going to be successful.”

Coleman then talked about the relative size of the two clubs and the mindset of his players: “On the day, it’s 11 v 11. They might have a nicer stadium, the pitch might be a little bit better, their infrastructure might be better, they might eat better meals than us after training and their players might drive nicer cars but that doesn’t guarantee you more points on a Saturday, it doesn’t guarantee you winning your own individual battles.

“We will send our players out there with a clear goal of what we want to achieve, a clear way they can do it and let the battle commence.

“We are playing 11 players not a club or a stand or fans, it’s not an insurmountable mission. We have been to the Stadium of Light twice and not lost and on both occasions we have come away a bit deflated we hadn’t won so we will be going there to win. It would be lovely for the fans and players to be top of the league but it’s big ifs.”


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