Cole­man: Our gaffes are video nas­ties

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dave Body­more

AC­CRING­TON manager John Cole­man be­lieves he could re­lease a video nasty of his team’s own goals and gaffes this sea­son as they twice came from be­hind to sal­vage a draw.

Tom El­liott put the U’s ahead af­ter eight min­utes, be­fore Piero Min­goia cap­i­talised on de­fen­sive con­fu­sion to level the scores.

Cam­bridge took the lead for a sec­ond time through Ryan Bird, but could not hold on as Seamus Con­neely pun­ished them in the last minute of in­jury time.

Cole­man said: “I think we could re­lease an own goals and gaffes Christ­mas video with the goals we’ve con­ceded.

“The first was just an­other in a long line and the sec­ond was a wicked de­flec­tion, but we still should have marked tighter.

“In the main we did de­fend well, but I keep say­ing this ev­ery week so I might be kid­ding my­self. We’ve got good lads here and when we do play we can be a hand­ful.

“We had a cou­ple of great moves that cut Cam­bridge apart but we have to be more clin­i­cal.”

El­liott gave the home team the lead in the eight-th minute, run­ning onto a long ball out of de­fence by Josh Coul­son beat­ing the on-rush­ing Scott Davies to head the ball home.

Ac­cring­ton equalised with six min­utes of the first half left. Michael Nel­son’s clear­ance hit Greg Tay­lor fall­ing nicely for Man­goia, who burst away from the de­fence and slot­ted the ball into the bot­tom right cor­ner.

Richard Money’s side re­gained the lead with 11 min­utes to go. Do­minic Ball’s long throw was flicked on by Sul­lay Kaikai and chested down by Gearoid Mor­ris­sey for Bird, whose first-time shot de­flected off Lloyd Jones on its way past Davies.

How­ever, Cam­bridge could not hold on. Sean Maguire saw his last­minute shot par­ried by ‘keeper Will Nor­ris, but in the en­su­ing scram­ble Con­neely was able to drill his ef­fort off the un­der­side of the bar to steal a late point.

Cam­bridge boss Money ad­mit­ted his side are too ner­vous at home af­ter spend­ing nine years out of the Foot­ball League. He said: “We haven’t been good at home since the turn of the year and there is a ner­vous­ness around the place.

“I think nine years out of the Foot­ball League has taken its toll.

“We’re ner­vous at home and even the com­fort of be­ing in front twice could not set­tle us and I think a point was all we prob­a­bly de­served.

“There’s a lot of peo­ple not think­ing clearly un­der pres­sure and you end up drop­ping points in a game that you shouldn’t have.

“We’ve rein­vented the wheel in terms of how you give a goal away.”



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