The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jefferson Lake

JOHN Cole­man might have felt like he had never been away from Ac­cring­ton – and the im­pact he made on his re­turn can­not be over­stated.

On Fri­day, hours after re­join­ing Stan­ley for his sec­ond spell, he re­cruited loa­nees Sean Maguire from West Ham and John O’Sul­li­van from Black­burn Rovers and both scored in this siz­zling win at Northamp­ton 24 hours later.

Ac­cring­ton were long shots to pick up three points at Six­fields, where the Cobblers put five past Hartle­pool on Tues­day night as they were put to the sword in grand style.

But the ta­bles were turned this week­end, with Cole­man’s side scor­ing five times them­selves to se­cure a dra­matic vic­tory and three points that will en­cour­age Ac­cring­ton, who parted company with James Beat­tie a fort­night ago, that bet­ter times than their re­cent rel­e­ga­tion con­cerns may lie ahead.

“It felt like I’d never been away,” said Cole­man. “I have to say it is tinged with a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ment be­cause of the way we fin­ished the game but the lads were fan­tas­tic out there.

“We want them to play a cer­tain way, we went into this game with a very spe­cific game plan and the play­ers bought into it.

“Some­times you’ll come un­stuck play­ing that way and we know we’re not go­ing to be able to score five goals away from home ev­ery week.

“The play­ers re­ally put a shift in and when you get some­thing through hard work rather than from some­one giv­ing it to you, it tastes all the more sweeter.”

O’Sul­li­van was the star of the show with two goals, Rob Atkin­son scored another and had a hand in a sec­ond, and Maguire capped a good de­but with a late goal which turned out to be the win­ner.

After mak­ing such a fine start to his sec­ond spell, Cole­man, who took Ac­cring­ton into the Foot­ball League, will now at­tempt to raise the pro­file of a club that is of­ten ma­ligned.

“For­get about me, this was about the play­ers, they worked hard and they de­served the win,” he said.

“But I’m fed up with this club be­ing ‘lit­tle old Ac­cring­ton’ be­cause we’re a Foot­ball League club on merit.”

The Cobblers slipped to ninth in the League Two ta­ble as a re­sult of the de­feat, with man­ager Chris Wilder still search­ing for the con­sis­tency he knows his team must have if they are to chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

“We'll have to look how we set the team up be­cause we can’t con­cede five goals at home, es­pe­cially from set­pieces.You can­not con­cede five goals and ex­pect to get any­thing.

“You have to look at games in­di­vid­u­ally, we scored five on Tues­day but that’s his­tory, and we’ve con­ceded five here so that’s what I need to ad­dress. “To score five is great, but we were un­able to kick on from that which is dis­ap­point­ing, and the man­ner of the goals we con­ceded was even more dis­ap­point­ing.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

FIVE ALIVE: Sean McGuire fires home Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley’s fifth

LEAP: Robert Atkin­son heads in the first goal


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