In-form Josh has Wind in his sails

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Old­man

JOHN COLE­MAN saluted the in­flu­ence of Josh Win­dass af­ter his eighth league goal of the sea­son handed Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley a nar­row vic­tory.

The 21-year-old is the club’s top scorer this term and was in fine form once again as his calm fin­ish in the 25th minute proved to be the win­ner.

He could have had a hat-trick though, with a 20th-minute free-kick sail­ing inches over be­fore he curled an ef­fort wide af­ter the restart.

One was enough, but Cole­man knows on an­other day it could have been a very dif­fer­ent story.

“We had a cou­ple of chances and were a lit­tle bit un­lucky,” he said. “But we rode our luck a lit­tle bit at times and when it’s go­ing for you you’ve got to make sure you cap­i­talise and get the three points.

“I thought Josh was ex­cep­tional, prob­a­bly our man of the match. He’s got the vi­sion to play them in. We just wish we got an­other goal to make it a bit more com­fort­able.

“There’s a long way to go and a lot of games to play, but I’m re­ally pleased with the squad of play­ers we’ve got here.

“The year we won the Con­fer­ence peo­ple told us we were go­ing to blow up and we got stronger. His­tor­i­cally we get stronger af­ter Christ­mas, so happy days.”

Stan­ley made first real open­ing on nine min­utes when Sean McConville volleyed wide from a Piero Min­goia cross.

Four min­utes later, Ori­ent’s Con­nor Es­sam headed a teas­ing Jack Payne cross against the bar and then Ja­son Mooney did su­perbly to deny Ol­lie Palmer.

The hosts went close again with John Mar­quis’ vol­ley tipped over and four min­utes later the O’s had an­other great chance but Bradley Pritchard couldn’t get enough on his glanc­ing header.

Stan­ley took ad­van­tage and net­ted im­me­di­ately af­ter, Win­dass played through on goal by Billy Kee and fin­ished calmly.

Af­ter the in­ter­val it was Ori­ent who were on top with a neat onetwo be­tween Palmer and Jay Simp­son cre­at­ing an open­ing only for the former’s ef­fort to trickle wide.

Ori­ent pushed in vain for an equaliser but, much to the dis­may of man­ager Ian Hen­don, it never ar­rived.

“That’s just not ac­cept­able,” he said.

“If you don’t take your chances you don’t win games and we had some good chances in that game.

“I’m not say­ing we played well, be­cause we didn’t, I’m not go­ing to dis­guise that fact, but we did have some good op­por­tu­ni­ties to score and we didn’t take them.

“You can only show them what they do on the train­ing pitch, if they don’t take that on board and keep mak­ing mis­takes then we’re go­ing to have to make some changes.”



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