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Accrington Stanley boss believes there is “no reason why” his team cannot beat Leeds this weekend

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman insists there is no reason why his team cannot progress to the next round of the FA Cup as they welcome Leeds United to the Wham Stadium.

The ‘Owd Reds nade it to the fourth round after beating Boreham Wood midweek.

Boss Coleman told the PA news agency: “People aren’t expecting a lot of us. We’re playing against a team two leagues above us, in the Premier League, who dismantled Cardiff.

“So we know what they can do to a team – we also know Cardiff managed to score four goals against them, so that should give us a little bit of heart, and the fact we know Crawley knocked them out a couple of years ago can also give you heart.

“We’re under no illusions, we’re playing against a top team, we’ve got to be at our very, very best and then need a lot of luck – and that happens in football. It’s happened to us and for us, so there’s no reason why it can’t happen again.

“We do believe we can do it. You could lose sleep if you worried about their good players, but we’ve got to try to get our good players playing. And we know we’ve got attributes that possibly they haven’t got, and that will be the key if we can cause an upset.

Coleman believes his club also deserve to be in this stage

The 60-year old added that as long as both teams have 11 players on the pitch, Accrington Stanley also have a chance of winning.

“It’s a potential David v Goliath, but we have to take it as it is – 90 minutes against a team who’ve only got 11, same as us.

“They’ll be on a lot more money and technically better equipped. We get that. But our players have big hearts, you can never fault their attitude or hunger, and we’ve got to hope that comes to the fore.”

Leeds United visit Accrington in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup this weekend.

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