John Coleman has hailed the strength and depth of his squad ahead of the Reds’ First Round clash against Colchester in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Stanley boss has decisions to make ahead of tomorrow’s 3pm kick-off, as he waits on the fitness of forwards Billy Kee and Offrande Zanzala after both picked up knocks against Coventry last weekend.
Coleman is also expecting confirmation as to which of his loan players will be available for selection for the cup competition later today.
“We’re still monitoring Billy and Offrande,” said Coleman. “I’m hopeful they’ll both be OK – I’m sure if Billy can put one foot in front of the other he’ll be playing.
“There’s one or two issues with the loan players, whether or not they’re allowed to play in the FA Cup for us, which will be resolved today.
“Because of the way the transfer window and loan window worked this year, we ended up taking more loans than we would have liked. We’ve got seven and we can only play five, and I really feel for the two lads who miss out because they’re good players in their own right. It’s frustrating.
“I thought Luke Charman was excellent in midweek. I’ve been singing his praises since he’s been here and he’s been unfortunate to miss out simply because of the way we’re playing.
“He’s a willing runner, his hold up play is good, and it was a lovely ball for Jordan Clark’s goal in the Checkatrade Trophy midweek, and I think he can only get better the more games he plays.
“He’s got a great appetite for football, and he’s a great lad around the place as well. He’s got a great character and really fits in with what we do here.”
Coleman feels that his squad is both big enough and talented enough to cope with the demands of league and cup football.
“We’ve got competition for places and because we do play quite a settled side, which is one of my traits as a manager, people could be forgiven for feeling comfortable and like they’re going to be playing every week but that’s not the case,” said the Reds’ manager.