Stan­ley hope­fuls push­ing for starts

Accrington Observer - - SPORT - DAVID CLARKE

STAN­LEY man­ager John Cole­man could look to the young crop of ta­lent at the club after a suc­cess­ful run out in the Checkatrade Tro­phy against Wi­gan Ath­letic.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to get games into lads, and get them ready for when they’re called upon,” Cole­man told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“The young play­ers are knock­ing on the door all sea­son, they’ve trained bril­liantly all sea­son, they’re ask­ing ques­tions of me ev­ery­day, which is the way it should be.

“Ev­ery­one knows I don’t like tin­ker­ing with the team but I will make changes if I think they’re nec­es­sary and this puts them in the shop win­dow

“You’ve only got to take your chances, if you get in hope­fully you can stay in.”

An im­pres­sive per­for­mance on Tues­day night saw Stan­ley beat Wi­gan 4-0 at the DW Sta­dium, with Jonathan Ed­wards, Erico Sousa (2), and Mekhi McLeod the scor­ers.

Ed­wards, 20, who is on loan at Stan­ley from Cham­pi­onship side Hull City after im­press­ing for the un­der 23 side, moved to the club seek­ing reg­u­lar foot­ball.

The English­man has only played six games in all com­pe­ti­tions since join­ing in Jan­uary 2017, but Cole­man’s words after the game will only en­cour­age the young for­ward. The older duo of McLeod, 21, and Sousa, 22, will also be look­ing for­ward to their next chance to im­press the Stan­ley boss as they look to ce­ment a more ac­tive role in the first team set up, with both of their con­tracts up in the sum­mer.

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