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David Longwell previews Salop's game against Accrington Stanley

28 December 2021

David Longwell previews tomorrow's home game against Accrington Stanley.

First-team coach David Longwell spoke to media ahead of Wednesday night's fixture at home to Accrington Stanley. 

Salop head into the last game of 2021 in good form having picked up wins against Cheltenham Town and Fleetwood Town in their last two fixtures.

Longwell expects a tough game but says the side are full of confidence and that they're looking forward to the contest.

On the fixture: 

“Well, I’m just looking forward to the game. I think after such a good performance and result away [from home], it's good to get back home again and hopefully, we can keep on playing the same way we did because we did really well. Good result, keeping clean sheets, so right now we've got a lot of confidence and positivity going into the next match. We recognise Accrington are always a tough game, they got a big result at the weekend so yeah, we're looking forward to it. 

“It's [preparing for matches] always difficult, particularly over Christmas. Obviously, the boys were off yesterday because we wanted them to recover, but the manager went through a lot of stuff today, enough that we're feeling prepared to go. We know what they're going to do and we went through set plays so we've been touching on everything we usually do. Even though it's quite a tight turnaround and we don’t have that extra day, but still I think we’re in a really good place considering it's been a day."

On John Coleman:  

"They got a great win at the weekend against Rotherham. 20 years for John Coleman being in charge there was fitting from his point of view and to be at a club for 20 years is a massive achievement, so we just know we're going to expect a hard game. We know that they're always going to come after you, that they always try and play a little bit and they mix up the game as well. We just recognise how tough it's going to be, but again, we've got a lot of confidence from other day’s game as well. Beating Fleetwood 3-0 isn’t an easy thing to do and I think we’re just two teams doing well at the moment and I think it'll be a good game."

On Josh Vela and Nathanael Ogbeta making the EFL Team of the Week:  

"Oh, it's brilliant. I think it’s a great credit for them, I think they've both been playing really well. Obviously, at the weekend, Josh gets his goal and we’ve all been joking that he’s got more goals in him and I think his goal just proves how good a player he is. Nathanael [Ogbeta] got another assist for the first goal, so I think they deserve a lot of credit for their performance because they work hard every day and they’re getting decent plaudits for their performances now."

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