Lid­dle by lit­tle Accy will edge to safety

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alex Lani­gan

AC­CRING­TON left it late – yet again – on Good Fri­day but de­fender Michael Lid­dle in­sists Stan­ley’s never-say-die at­ti­tude should see them re­tain their Foot­ball League sta­tus af­ter to­mor­row’s clash at Southend.

Kal Nai­smith’s stop­page time penalty helped Ac­cring­ton earn a vi­tal draw against Mans­field, and they now sit four points clear of the drop zone.

Af­ter a goal­less firsthalf Mans­field took the lead in the 75th minute as Jake Speight grabbed his first goal since re­turn­ing to the club.

But Ac­cring­ton’s late equaliser, their 12th in sec­ond­half in­jury time this sea­son, gave Lid­dle more rea­son to be­lieve they will stay .

“Con­fi­dence is very good, the late goals is just re­ward for the amount of ef­fort and de­ter­mi­na­tion we put in through a game and the fact we’ve got that nev­er­say-die at­ti­tude,” said Lid­dle.

“We turn up against the big teams def­i­nitely, we just work harder maybe but we al­ways seem to do well against the top teams and I am sure we will go down there to Southend and put in an­other im­por­tant per­for­mance.

“We need to play against good teams that are try­ing to play good foot­ball be­cause that helps the style we play.

“Ob­vi­ously we would have liked to be clear af­ter this game but we could not get the re­sult we wanted.

“If we can go in against Southend and get a pos­i­tive re­sult then hope­fully by the end of it we will be safe.”

Mans­field should have taken the lead in the 52nd minute but Martin Ri­ley thumped his free header wide of the goal.

The Stags thought they had taken the lead af­ter Speight tapped in James Jen­nings’ cross at the far post but the striker was off­side.

How­ever he was not to be de­nied his first goal for the club as Sam Clu­cas danced his way past a num­ber of Ac­cring­ton de­fend­ers be­fore rolling the ball into the path of Speight who lashed into the roof of the net.

But deep into in­jury time Ri­ley brought down James Gray and Nai­smith slot­ted home from the penalty spot.

“It feels like we’ve lost it to be to­tally hon­est,” said Mans­field boss Paul Cox.

“It just seemed that when we scored we seemed to panic a lit­tle bit and drop deeper and you know with Ac­cring­ton that with their record for late goals they are go­ing to come at you all the way through in­jury time.

“There’s al­ways go­ing to be twists and turns. All we can do is try to get nine points out of the last three games and see where we end up.”

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