LEAM HAPPY FOR STANLEY TO WIN UGLY
ACCRINGTON ....2 MORECAMBE ....0
IT WASN’T pretty but Leam Richardson admitted he couldn’t care less after his Accrington Stanley downed Morecambe to take another step to securing their League status.
Despite sitting at the wrong end of the table Stanley welcomed the Shrimps to the Crown Ground having lost just one of their previous six games – and that loss arrived at the home of already-promoted Gillingham.
And the home side’s good run continued courtesy of a goal either side of half-time from Peter Murphy and Padraig Amond.
The performance might not have had the same panache as the ones that had come before it in this mini-run Accrington have strung together, but manager Richardson wasn’t about to let that ruin his evening.
“The onus is on us to win games at this stage of the season and I don’t hide from the fact that we need to win games and put points on the board,” he said.
“We are one of the top two or three of the form guide at the minute and at this stage of the season it is fantastic.
“Luckily of late we have been putting in some great performances as well but at this time of the season it is not about performances it is about results.
“We didn’t play too great here but given the last few months and what the players have done in recent games I am not too worried and I am made up for them and the fans to get the three points.”
The visitors were the brighter side in the opening exchanges but Accrington took the lead in fortuitous circumstances through defender Murphy – last weekend’s hero with a last-gasp equaliser against York.
Lee Molyneux’s low 30-yard free kick on 28 minutes was deflected into the net by Murphy to wrong-foot goalkeeper Barry Roche who was left helpless.
But while their opener was lucky, the goal that sealed the win was a fine counter-attacking move as Rommy Boco ran with the ball before forcing Roche into a save, Amond there to mop up with a low drive.
Morecambe’s defeat was compounded after the final whistle with boss Jim Bentley admitting that Nick Fenton, who missed the game through injury, will leave the club in the summer.
"Up until the first goal, we were the better side and on top,” he said.“Goals change games and they had a bit of luck there.
“We gave a silly foul away and invited the pressure. That’s been our Achilles heel this season.
“Nick a big player for us and I wanted him to stay but we can’t agree a deal to keep him here. “He’s a great lad and a great player who we will miss and we wish him well in the future.”
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