Cole­man: ‘I am happy with the re­sult, but I thought we could have played bet­ter.’

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley moved into the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places with a con­vinc­ing win over League Two op­po­si­tion Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on Satur­day.

A goal from the spot from for­ward Billy Kee in­side ten min­utes opened the scor­ing, be­fore Jor­dan Clark’s re­bounded header mo­ments later saw the Lan­cashire side come out on top.

It means the Reds are now just two points be­hind top of the ta­ble Lu­ton Town, but man­ager John Cole­man felt there were pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives on dis­play.

“I am happy with the re­sult, but I thought we could have played bet­ter.

“We let Crewe dom­i­nate the game in the first half even though we were 2-0 up,” he said.

“I thought we played quite well in the sec­ond half; we did not have much to strug­gle with un­til the very end.

“Over­all, I feel that it was a pleas­ing af­ter­noon for us, and now we have just got to keep go­ing, throw­ing in as much as we can.”

Af­ter a fran­tic start, Stan­ley opened the scor­ing early on, as Michael Raynes clum­sily brought down Kee in­side the box, with ref­eree Black­man brand­ing the cen­tre-back a yel­low card and is­su­ing a penalty kick to Ac­cring­ton.

From the spot, Stan­ley’s striker Kee made no mis­take, send­ing goal­keeper Dave Richards in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, drilling the ball into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner to open pro­ceed­ings.

On the 15 min­utes mark, ap­plause broke out around the ground from both sets of sup­port­ers, in Perry Ng went a glo­ri­ous curl­ing at­tempt from out­side the box, with goal­keeper Aaron Chap­man off his line.

His shot, how­ever, flew over the bar.

The heav­ens opened dur­ing the break, mak­ing for a slip­pery pitch, but that did not stop Stan­ley cre­at­ing slick passes and pieces of in­ter­play.

An­chor-man Liam Nolan went for an au­da­cious at­tempt to en­sure the win but it went over.

Half-way through the sec­ond pe­riod, Cal­lum Ain­ley drib­bled through and fed in Cooper, whose shot went safely into the grasp of Chap­man.

Then, goalscorer Kee, on the edge of the box, looked to triple Stan­ley’s lead, with a spec­u­la­tive strike, but his ef­fort

Jor­dan Clark headed home to make it 2-0

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