Con­neely: We learned our les­son

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley cap­tain Sea­mus Con­neely in­sists his team have learned from their heart­break two years ago ahead of their pro­mo­tion push.

The Reds look des­tined to clinch pro­mo­tion and move into League One, but they were in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion two years ago be­fore fall­ing ag­o­nis­ingly short and miss­ing out.

With that in mind, Con­neely says the play­ers won’t be get­ting ahead of them­selves and know what they have to do in or­der to es­cape League Two.

“I think we learnt from two years ago. We were in a re­ally good po­si­tion and we let it slip away from us,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“Five of the play­ers from that team are still here, it’s the same man­age­ment team and the fans went through it as well so we won’t be get­ting car­ried away. We haven’t achieved our goal of pro­mo­tion yet, that’s still to be ac­com­plished.

“Our dress­ing room is buzzing, the lads are full of con­fi­dence but we are not overly con­fi­dent as we know there is a long way to go.”

Con­neely also ad­mits his side have a lot of dif­fi­cult fix­tures over the com­ing weeks against some of the teams around them in the ta­ble.

“We still have to play a lot of teams who are in with a shout of mak­ing the play-offs or au­to­matic pro­mo­tion so there is still a lot of work to be done,” he said. “We are cer­tainly guard­ing against any com­pla­cency in the camp and we are fo­cused on what our goal is – that’s pro­mo­tion and any­thing else is a bonus.

“We know we are the team to be shot at now, we are the form team but we want to be the team who have just won five on the bounce. Teams are prob­a­bly look­ing at us and see­ing us as a big scalp so we have got to be wary of that, we want to be one of the best teams in the league and think our form shows we are.”

Stan­ley are back in ac­tion this week­end away at Colch­ester United.

Richard Sell­ers

Stan­ley skip­per Sea­mus Con­neely

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