John Coleman admits he has problems with team selection ahead of the game against Barnsley tomorrow, but it’s a problem he’s happy to have.
Stanley face Daniel Stendel’s fourth-placed Tykes at the Wham Stadium, with the Reds three points behind the visitors in the League One table, just outside the Play-Off places on goal difference.
Coleman made seven changes to the side that visited Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy during the week, and says that despite the result the performance has given him plenty to think about.
“I’m disappointed that we lost the game on Tuesday, as I don’t think we should have lost it to be fair. On the balance of the game we made enough chances,” said the Reds boss.
“The lads showed a great work ethic and ran themselves into the ground for a game that we didn’t have to win. It’s testament to their character. There were still good performances to take from it, and we’ll move on.
“It causes me problems when it comes to picking the team, but it’s a problem I hope to have for a long time to come.
“We honestly don’t think we’re weakening the team,” said Coleman when asked about the number of changes.
“I watch them in training every day, and we’ve got good players who are all capable of being first team players, not just squad members.
“I don’t subscribe to the theory that you have to have six or seven squad players. They should all potentially be able to play at least 40 games a season, and we’ve got that at the moment.
“If players take their chances they can dislodge someone else and force their way in. Sam Finley and Dan Barlaser are examples of that. They were on the bench five or six weeks ago, but they’ve grabbed a shirt and they’ve held it with both hands.”
Coleman is hoping to have Offrande Zanzala available again, as the striker recovers from a leg injury that has seen him miss the Reds’ last three games.
“I’m hoping that Zanzala will return to training today. Harvey Rodgers should be back training with us soon, so we’ll have Andy Mangan as the only absentee, and hopefully he’ll be back in a couple of weeks.”