Terry’s all gold as su­per sub hits win­ner

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tim Mor­riss

AC­CRING­TON boss John Coleman hailed his brave late sub­sti­tu­tion that clinched play-off chas­ing Stan­ley’s eighth away win and ex­tended Mans­field’s poor home record.

Coleman brought on Terry Gor­nell for the more de­fen­sive Piero Min­goia at 1-1 and the for­ward scored one and made an­other in a thrilling fin­ish.

“We had a choice, whether to try to hold out for a draw or try to win the game,” Coleman said.

“I am a firm be­liever in al­ways try­ing to take all three points, so we took a de­fender off and put a cen­tre-for­ward on. It paid div­i­dends for us. Terry had a hand in the sec­ond goal and scored the third.

“Some­times things go for you when you make a de­ci­sion like that. It could have eas­ily back­fired.

“We could have been out of sight in the first 15 to 20 min­utes as we cre­ated some good chances.We played some great foot­ball.

“We were hang­ing on (at the end) when the game should never have got to that stage in terms of the chances we cre­ated.”

Ac­cring­ton led af­ter three min­utes when Min­goia turned in Josh Win­dass’ cross – the tenth goal Mans­field had con­ceded in the first 15 min­utes this sea­son – but af­ter home keeper Brian Jensen twice de­nied Sean McConville from point-blank range, the Stags lev­elled.

Tom Davies mis­kicked a hope­ful punt for­wards and Matt Green pounced to cel­e­brate his 29th birth­day with the lev­eller, fir­ing in off the post.

Af­ter Mans­field dom­i­nated the start of the sec­ond half, their for­mer striker Billy Kee re­stored Ac­cring­ton’s lead 18 min­utes from time and sub­sti­tute Gor­nell se­cured the win in the 84th minute.

Kee smashed in a 14-yard drive af­ter a de­fen­sive block from Gor­nell’s shot spun up invit­ingly and Gor­nell con­verted the re­bound af­ter his header from sub­sti­tute Adam Bux­ton’s cross was palmed against the post by Jensen.

Chris Cle­ments gave the Stags hope of ex­tend­ing their four-match un­beaten run with a 20-yard 88th-minute free-kick, but they failed to cre­ate an­other clear chance to snatch a point and now have just three home wins. Man­ager Adam Mur­ray said: “That game was like putting a gun to your head and shoot­ing your­self.

“We have con­ceded three aw­ful goals and then we are nowhere near as clin­i­cal as we need to be at the other end.

“It was an aw­ful start again, which peo­ple have got to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for as it’s be­com­ing a joke.

“Then we get back to 1-1 and for me there was only one team in it.We had two great chances where, if we are clin­i­cal and have a bit more X-fac­tor, it’s 3-1.

“You can’t con­cede goals like we do and ex­pect to be at the right end of the ta­ble.”

STAR MAN BRIAN JENSEN Mans­field

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