Cole­man de­mands Stan­ley im­prove

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Barry Smith

AC­CRING­TON boss John Cole­man has warned his side to buck up their ideas after they clung on for vic­tory at home to Ply­mouth.

Striker Kal Nai­smith’s scuffed 13th-minute shot crept un­der the body of Ar­gyle goal­keeper Luke McCormick, and de­spite the vis­i­tors throw­ing the prover­bial kitchen sink at Stan­ley, they couldn’t find an equaliser.

The Pil­grims had two sec­ond-half shots cleared off the line and while Cole­man gave credit to his de­fence, he ac­knowl­edged that he will be look­ing for im­prove­ments in the com­ing weeks.

“We are not go­ing to play like that and win a lot of games,” he said.“We did not reach the stan­dards we can reach and things just did not come off for us.

“We did not fire go­ing for­ward but hav­ing said that the back four, the two hold­ing mid­field­ers and the keeper were out­stand­ing and stuck to their game re­ally well.

“Last week was all about at­tack­ing, and the at­tack­ers got our de­fend­ers out of jail.

“But this week the de­fend­ers have re­turned the favour.We know we can im­prove but we have a cor­ner­stone to build on.”

The vis­i­tors came fly­ing out of the blocks at the Crown Ground with Marvin Mor­gan and Nathan Thomas fail­ing to cap­i­talise on early chances. Ac­cring­ton grew into the game, how­ever and went ahead through Nai­smith’s un­tidy ef­fort.

The Pil­grims’ best chance of the first pe­riod came after 33 min­utes as a pin­point free-kick from the lively Bobby Reid found an un­marked Cur­tis Nel­son – but the cap­tain could only head over from six yards.

Nai­smith then had a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to dou­ble Stan­ley’s lead when put clean through, but he fired over the cross­bar with the tar­get gap­ing.

Ply­mouth almost found the equaliser in the sec­ond pe­riod but sub­sti­tute Deane Smal­ley’s near-post header was cleared off the line by Nai­smith.

Ac­cring­ton then cleared off the line for a sec­ond time with just five min­utes re­main­ing when Nicky Hunt got his foot to Kelvin Mel­lor’s ef­fort.

But Ply­mouth man­ager John Sheri­dan re­fused to make ex­cuses for his team de­spite the statis­tics bear­ing out their dom­i­na­tion.

“We had 14 or 15 cor­ners but stats don’t mean any­thing,” said Sheri­dan. “Goals win you foot­ball matches and we haven’t scored.

“I am very frus­trated – I know the fans are frus­trated be­cause they come to see us win games.

“What makes it even harder is that some­times it is easy to say the bet­ter team won but I can’t say that here.”

STAR MAN ROB ATKINS

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