Date: 28th July 2008 at 3:41pm
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JOHN Coleman has admitted that he is treating Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at the Fraser Eagle Stadium to Championship side Burnley as a ‘fitness exercise’.

The Liverpudlian gaffer thought that his boys had worked as hard as they could, that his side will be one of the fittest teams in the league and that Saturday will be a fantastic fitness exercise regardless of the scoreline.

A crowd of over 3,000 was at the Fraser on Saturday afternoon, 2,200 of which were thought to be Clarets supporters. But for Stanley fans it was the first chance to get a glimpse of new signings Colin Murdock, Chris King, Jimmy Ryan and striker Jamie Clark, but former Burnley striker John Mullin missed out through injury.

Coleman told the Lancashire Telegraph: “We thought we had done enough to be in front at the break. We had a couple of chances I would expect us to take, but it wasn`t to be.

“We`ll use this as a fitness exercise. Our lads worked hard and I don`t think there will be many teams do us for fitness this season.”

And Coleman isn’t set to stop in the transfer market either as he aims to add to his five summer captures, he added: “I still think we need another striker and perhaps another wide player. You should never be happy with what you`ve got.”