Hard work got us to top says Co­ley

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SKY BET LEAGUE TWO MANS­FIELD ................. 0 STAN­LEY....................... 1 JA­SON JONES

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley man­ager John Cole­man has at­trib­uted his side’s ex­tra­or­di­nary run of form to hard work and a uni­fied spirit at the club.

A header from cap­tain Sea­mus Con­neely was enough to see off ten-man Mans­field and ex­tend Stan­ley’s un­beaten run in the league to 10 matches on Good Fri­day.

Fol­low­ing the win, Cole­man told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site: “The one thing I’ve said all along is that from our play­ers you’re get­ting max­i­mum ef­fort from them all.

“No-one’s coast­ing, to­wards the end of the first half, tip­ping over sub­limely from a close range Rhys Ben­nett header.

Af­ter the break it was the ten men who con­tin­ued to press. Kane Hem­mings came the clos­est to putting them ahead, side­foot­ing wide from a low cross when un­marked in the box.

But the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage would even­tu­ally pay div­i­dends for Ac­cring­ton. Cap­tain Con­neely rose high­est to meet a Sean McConville cor­ner and give his team the lead on the hour mark.

Stan­ley could have dou­bled their lead through the lively Jack­son with five min­utes to go, but the pacy for­ward saw his ef­fort well saved by Mans­field keeper Con­rad Lo­gan.

The Stags had lost just the one league game at home this sea­son, all the way back in Oc­to­ber, and looked de­ter­mined to keep that im­pres­sive record in­tact. A num­ber of goal­mouth scram­bles caused some nervy mo­ments for Stan­ley, but they were able to weather the storm and hang on for all three points.

The win puts Ac­cring­ton in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion in the race for pro­mo­tion, but man­ager Cole­man is keen to keep his play­ers’ fo­cused on the job at hand.

He said: “We’ve still got a long, long way to go. We’e got eight games and we’ve got to keep our heads down and not worry about any­body else, just worry about our­selves. It is still very much in our own hands, we’ve just got to keep win­ning. Every game we play is a dif­fi­cult game, I keep say­ing this, but I think peo­ple are start­ing to be­lieve in us.”

Re­fer­ring to his side’s un­likely rise to the top of the ta­ble he added: “We’ve got to not get ahead of our­selves and not get car­ried away. It’s a nice story, but it’s only go­ing to be a nice story if the job gets done.”

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