Coleman: Improve or we go down

03 November 2010 11:30
Accrington manager John Coleman insists his team must improve defensively if they are to avoid getting dragged into a relegation fight after the 5-2 defeat to Chesterfield. Two goals apiece from Craig Davies and Danny Whitaker and another from Jack Lester saw Chesterfield extend their lead at the top of the table to three points. Phil Edwards levelled for Stanley from the penalty spot after 17 minutes when Scott Griffiths tripped Peter Murphy and Terry Gornell added a late consolation two minutes from time. "I thought we were the better team but if we concede the way we are at the moment, we will go down because teams are not having to do anything to score against us," said Coleman. "A ball goes straight down the middle of us and we concede, then there is a silly challenge for the penalty and then we go to sleep a minute later. "I thought we played the better football and had the ball for long periods but until we find a way of keeping the ball away from our goal, we are going to be in big trouble. "We lost the game in the first half just as we did on Saturday. We spent an hour on Monday working on balls going through the middle of our defence and the first one that goes through the middle of us, we concede. We are not looking solid at all. They took their chances and more to the point we gave them chances. Until we stop conceding we are going to get beat every week."

Source: PA