Accrington boss makes League One play-off vow ahead of Portsmouth clash

John Coleman is refusing to allow Accrington to down tools ahead of their visit of Pompey.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 3:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 25th April 2021, 3:19 pm

Stanley fought back to clinch a point at Sunderland on Saturday to leave themselves with a slender chance of finishing in the League One play-offs.

Having been two goals down within 11 minutes, Accy clinched a 3-3 draw at the Stadium of Light.

As a result, they sit 12th in the table and six points behind sixth-placed Blackpool.

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Accrington have enjoyed a remarkable season and punched well above their weight to still be within a shout of promotion at this late stage.

Pompey travel to the Wham Stadium on Tuesday before Stanley visit Fratton Park on the final day of the campaign.

The fact Accy are rubbing shoulders with third-tier heavyweights such as the Blues, Sunderland and Charlton heartens Coleman.

However, he's demanding his players continue to give their all to finish as high as possible.

Accrington boss John Coleman. Picture: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Coleman told the club's website: ‘We'll keep going until it's mathematically impossible for us not to get into those play-offs.

‘We've got three games to go. As I was saying the other week, if someone had have said your last four games would be Sunderland, Charlton and Portsmouth twice, if someone was having that conversation 18 years ago you'd have been saying: "What planet are you on?"

‘We were going to Bamber Bridge, Altrincham, teams like that – and that's no disrespect to those teams because they're still big clubs in my eyes – but it shows how far we've come as a club.

‘Our expectations are still high of each other, which is good. I'm not pleased with a point.

‘I'm pleased we showed character to get a point but I wanted to win the game and want to win every game.

‘Hopefully we can get nine points and ask serious questions about the other teams.’