Billy’s the Kee as Stan­ley claim win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Latham

AC­CRING­TON claimed their sec­ond league win of the sea­son with a rock­solid per­for­mance against Bristol Rovers and boss John Coleman in­sists there is still plenty more to come.

The Stan­ley man­ager was de­lighted to see Billy Kee net a 68th minute win­ner with a spec­tac­u­lar over­head kick just mo­ments af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced as a sub­sti­tute.

But fur­ther chances went beg­ging as Rovers des­per­ately threw men for­ward in the clos­ing stages and Coleman ad­mit­ted frus­tra­tion over his side’s mea­gre goals re­turn this sea­son.

He said: “We knew we had to tighten up de­fen­sively af­ter con­ced­ing too many last sea­son and that has hap­pened.

“But I don’t want it to be at the ex­pense of go­ing for­ward and cre­at­ing chances.We are a bet­ter side than we are show­ing of­fen­sively at the mo­ment.

“I want that buzz of see­ing us get more goals. Billy has scored with his sec­ond touch and hope­fully win­ning away will breed con­fi­dence.

“If we had taken our late chances it would have been harsh on Rovers be­cause there wasn’t much in the game.

“But we need that bit more qual­ity in the op­po­si­tion box. Goals pro­duce adrenalin, which is like a drug.You just want more and more.”

Kee’s bi­cy­cle kick from just out­side the six-yard box came af­ter a right wing cor­ner had been headed to­wards goal and was out of all con­text with a drab game of few clear chances.

The best fell to Ac­cring­ton at the death when Rovers’ debu­tant goal­keeper Lee Ni­cholls, on loan from Wi­gan Athtletic, did well to save a shot from another sub­sti­tute Shay McCar­tan.

McCar­tan broke clear again in in­jury time and set up a chance for Matt Crooks. But he shot tamely wide with only Ni­cholls to beat. Rovers tested Ac­cring­ton keeper Jason Mooney only once when he had to dive to turn a Chris Lines free kick around a post.

The hosts were un­able to breach a vis­it­ing de­fence in which Tom Davies ex­celled and man­ager Dar­rell Clarke cut a frus­trated fig­ure.

He said:“The lads are giv­ing ev­ery­thing, but we didn’t have enough qual­ity with our fi­nal pass or fin­ish­ing. That’s three defeats on the trot, but it is a time for stick­ing to­gether and stay­ing strong, rather than pan­ick­ing.

“Of course, I am con­cerned and the per­for­mance was very dis­ap­point­ing.We are not quite get­ting on the end of things at the mo­ment.

“As a group, we un­der­stand that and will work hard to put it right. Football is a game of tight mar­gins and we are a nearly team with our fi­nal ball and crosses.”



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