Cole­man’s de­lighted at Stan­ley show­ing

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP SECOND RND - By Chris Spit­tles

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley man­ager John Cole­man was left won­der­ing what could have been as his side were just the width of the post away from a de­served cup up­set.

Stan­ley trailed to a firsthalf goal from Yeovil de­fender Jor­dan Clarke but re­sponded bril­liantly and lev­elled after the break with a goal from Tom Al­dred.

And it was the hosts who came clos­est to a win­ner with Shay McCar­tan’s header hit­ting the post and Piero Min­goia see­ing his shot cleared off the line by Stephen Arthur­wor­rey.

Cole­man knew his side de­served more and said:“I thought we were fan­tas­tic.We were on top for 75 min­utes and only scored one goal. How? I don’t know.

“It was a great game to watch, a smash­ing cup tie and a great ad­ver­tise­ment for the FA Cup, for the pas­sion that is shown at the lower level for it.

“The play­ers were tremen­dous. Some of the foot­ball was breathtaking and but for the width of a post we’d be in the next round.

“When we play like that we look like a good side and I’m de­lighted con­sid­er­ing we had four of our play­ers strug­gling with ill­ness this week. They were su­perb.”

For Yeovil, strug­gling near the bot­tom of League One, it was a nar­row es­cape against a team in the di­vi­sion be­low, and boss Gary John­son knew it.

“I thought that in the sec­ond half we were re­ally poor, in terms of both per­for­mance and ef­fort,” John­son said.“It was one of our worst cup dis­plays.

“Credit to Ac­cring­ton be­cause they played well, shut us down and played some de­cent foot­ball go­ing for­ward as well.

“Our goal­keeper made some good saves in that sec­ond half and it was good that we were a goal up from the first half.

“The lads know we’re dis­ap­pointed and although we are still in the cup, we can’t make that too big a pos­i­tive. We’ve just got to make sure we’re ready for the re­play at Huish Park.”

Kal Nai­smith and Matt Crooks both came close to an open­ing goal for Stan­ley be­fore Yeovil went ahead against the run of play.

Sam Fo­ley swung over a free-kick and Clarke re­acted quick­est to steer the ball past Jack Rose for his third of the sea­son.

Ac­cring­ton re­sponded well and Andy Proc­ter forced a good save from Jed Steer be­fore Al­dred pulled his side level with a com­posed fin­ish.

Arthur­wor­rey had al­ready cleared off the line from Min­goia when Ac­cring­ton came even closer to a win­ner on 85 min­utes. This time Min­goia sent over a cross and McCar­tan was left un­marked inside the six­yard box but could only head against the post.



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