All smiles as Stanley sneak into round two
JOHN Coleman said his Accrington Stanley side played with “confidence and swagger” as they overcame York City in terrible conditions to get their name in the hat for round two of the FA Cup.
Led by in-form Josh Windass, who scored his ninth goal of the season and bagged two assists, Stanley dominated a City side who have not won in ten.
Accrington’s Sean McConville and Matt Crooks scored either side of Vadaine Oliver’s shortlived equaliser for the Minstermen in the first half.
Windass’ dinked penalty gave the home side breathing space before Michael Coulson headed in a lastminute consolation.
Coleman praised his side’s style of play, especially in a game that threatened to be rained off.
He said: “We played some great stuff at times today and I don’t think anyone could begrudge us the win.
“The goals we scored were fantastic. There’s a belief in us at the moment that we’ve got to keep going, but there’s a line between confidence and cockiness, and first and foremost comes hard work.
“The rain got really bad and with the ball sticking in the corners, you can’t have any complaints if the ref calls it off at that point.
“We’ve got our name in the hat for the next round and it’s a few bob in the kitty. It’s nice for the new owner to have a little bit of a payday instead of putting his hand in his pocket.”
McConville opened the scoring on the half hour mark, his sweetly-struck shot bounced in off the upright.
Seven minutes later the visitors pulled one back with Bryn Morris beating Bradley Halliday down the left and squaring to Oliver who scrambled it over the line.
The City defence were then caught napping as from the restart Crooks was slid through and oneon-one with the keeper he finished with aplomb.
Stanley expanded on their lead after the interval as Windass scored a chipped penalty after Billy Kee had been fouled.
Coulson made the most of blustery conditions late on to head past Jason Mooney.
New boss Jackie McNamara was disappointed as his side extended their winless run to ten.
He said: “We shot ourselves in the foot again, with giving a silly penalty away. We’re a threat from middle to front but the back four needs some work.
“I think we had one or two chances from corners where we could’ve got back into it and maybe give us an opportunity to get an equaliser. I’m just disappointed we left ourselves too much to do.”
McNamara has had less than a week with his new side but hopes he can affect a change in time for next week’s trip to Barnsley in the league.
STAR MAN JOSH WINDASS