Josh is on the spot to save Ac­cring­ton

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Fear­gal Bren­nan

AC­CRING­TON man­ager John Coleman made his frus­tra­tions clear de­spite his side com­ing from be­hind to claim a point against Northamp­ton.

Matt Crooks headed over, Adam Bux­ton struck the cross bar with a free­kick and Sea­mus Con­neely nod­ded wide as the home side rued their missed chances in the open­ing pe­riod.

Northamp­ton’s top scorer Marc Richards fi­nally opened the scor­ing with a dinked ef­fort over Jason Mooney.

How­ever, Stan­ley equalised from the spot when David Buchanan felled Josh Win­dass, who con­verted to seal a point – although Coleman strug­gled to take any pos­i­tives.

“There was an in­con­sis­tency within the team. We are not con­sis­tent over ninety min­utes,” he asid.

“That game was one we could and should have won easily. But in the end we were hang­ing on, and in the last ten min­utes it was at­tack ver­sus de­fence.

“We had enough chances to win this game, but we are just too hot and cold at the mo­ment and are just shoot­ing our­selves in the foot.”

Northamp­ton boss Chris Wilder was more op­ti­mistic in his as­sess­ment.

“That was a fair re­sult for the team,” he said.

“I was not pleased with first half per­for­mance, but Richards’ goal gave us some breath­ing space at half time.

On the Win­dass penalty in­ci­dent Wilder did con­cede that “it was a poor chal­lenge, but he (Win­dass) fell easily, and that gives the ref a de­ci­sion to make.”

Ac­cring­ton had the bet­ter of the open­ing ex­changes as they looked to con­tinue their un­beaten home league record this sea­son.

For­ward Win­dass had the first real op­por­tu­nity for the hosts, but his volley flew over.

The chances con­tin­ued to come for Coleman’s Ac­cring­ton, with Sean McConville, Piero Min­goia and Crooks all com­ing close to break­ing the dead­lock.

Stan­ley’s best chance of the first half came as Bux­ton’s free kick struck the cross­bar.

But skip­per Richards’ hooked fin­ish af­ter Ac­cring­ton failed to deal with a long ball put the visi­tors in front.

Win­dass’ per­sis­tence saw him win a penalty on 55 min­utes, fol­low­ing a clumsy chal­lenge from David Buchanan, and he picked him­self up to slot home the spot-kick.

How­ever, Ac­cring­ton failed to make the most of their dom­i­nance with McConville miss­ing an ex­cel­lent chance and again Northamp­ton came back into the game.

In fact Ac­cring­ton were in­debted to their keeper Mooney who saved bravely from Richards and Nicky Adams twice in the clos­ing stages.


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