ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman insists getting results is much more important than playing well.

Coleman likes his side to play football which is easy on the eye, but would rather play bad and win than play well and lose.

The Reds manager believes he is sometimes too honest and that it's 'better to be bland than in trouble'.

"Anyone who says style of play is better than the result is a fool. It’s all about results. It’s not an aesthetic game is it, the currency in football is points," said Coleman.

"It’s great to play well and win, but every day I’d play bad and win rather than play well and lose.

"What you can’t do is become obsessed with the way you play, become obsessed with your style because if you try and play your way our of areas when the safest option is to clear your lines and then wait for an opportunity to play out.

"Players have to understand that. Footballers aren’t the brightest in the bunch are they and one of the things that they can do is take everything you say literally.

"We say, ‘listen you’ve got to turn them for the first five minutes’ and they literally turn them, every time they get the ball ‘boom’."

Coleman highlighted how his players need to be able adapt to how a game is going.

"You can’t do that, you’ve got to be able to adapt to the way the game’s going," he said.

"You’ve got to have a fundamental ethos of how you’re going to play the game, and how we play is by passing the ball.

"We pass through the line, we’re full of energy and we try to make chances and take chances.

"We don’t believe that our game is based around kicking it long and picking up second balls from throw ins and corners.

"Other teams do and I’m not knocking that because it’s successful for other teams.

"I’ll never be obsessed with the way we play at the detriment of the club’s results and the club’s future."

Coleman admitted he can be over passionate in the heat of the moment and has found himself in trouble for this.

"Speaking to Andy Holt as well, he’s a passionate man as well and we both tell the truth," he said.

"When your emotions are still very high at the end of a game, maybe you should not say what you feel and say what you should say. It’s better to be bland than in trouble.

"I think I’ve always been self-aware and sometimes you want to to make a statement – you want to stand up and be counted.

"Is it worth the consequences? I don’t know. Choose the battles that you can win. I’ve got a duty to try and inspire my players.

"How you go about that can rub people up the wrong way. Certainly, I think I’m the master at rubbing up opposition fans."