STAN­LEY ON RIGHT TRACK TO GO UP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Colin Hen­rys

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley’s pro­mo­tion push is well and truly on ac­cord­ing to boss John Cole­man, who urged his high-fly­ing side to kick on from their vic­tory at home to Bris­tol Rovers.

Sean McConville scored the only goal of the game in the se­cond half, when his left­wing cross went straight in af­ter a pe­riod of Ac­cring­ton pres­sure.

And Cole­man be­lieves Stan­ley have a great plat­form from which to launch a pro­mo­tion chal­lenge with a busy month ahead.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted,” he said.“I think that’s our best win of the sea­son. They are a very good side.

“I think we were a bit ten­ta­tive in the first 20 min­utes but that was the oc­ca­sion. When it set­tled down we played some de­cent stuff. Af­ter all Sean McConville’s chances, he scored with a fluke but some­times you’ve got to take them.

“We’ve given our­selves a re­ally good plat­form, and now we have to kick on. But af­ter overcoming Bris­tol Rovers, who I think are one of the best sides in the league, I don’t think we’ll fear any­body.”

Ac­cring­ton adapted to the tricky pitch fastest, and Shay McCar­tan headed just wide from Piero Min­goia’s hang­ing cross on 11 min­utes.

Rory Gaffney went closer for Rovers on 21 min­utes, his deep cross nearly sneak­ing un­der the bar but Rory Etheridge tipped over at full stretch. From the re­sul­tant Liam Lawrence cor­ner, Gaffney headed wide at the near post but Rovers were un­able to keep the pres­sure up.

Adam Bux­ton found space out­side the box for the hosts on 40 min­utes, but Steve Milden­hall par­ried his pow­er­ful right-footed strike clear and Min­goia could not head in the re­bound. Stan­ley con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate pro­ceed­ings af­ter the break though, with Bux­ton, McConville and Min­goia all un­suc­cess­fully try­ing their luck from dis­tance.

McConville per­haps should have bro­ken the dead­lock on 62 min­utes though from Bux­ton’s free-kick but, un­marked, his header from point-blank range was in­stinc­tively saved one-handed by Milden­hall.

Rovers found chances hard to come by in con­trast, but Lawrence wasted a great op­por­tu­nity on 68 min­utes when he shot straight at Etheridge af­ter Matty Tay­lor’s through ball.

And just a minute later he was to rue that miss even more, when McConville cut in off the left wing and saw his cross sneak into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Matt Crooks could have sealed vic­tory but some­how blazed over in front of goal, as Ac­cring­ton held on to the frus­tra­tion of Rovers’ boss Dar­rell Clarke.

“My for­ward-think­ing play­ers have been out­stand­ing this sea­son but they just didn’t turn up if I’m hon­est,” he said.

“I thought we de­served to lose the game, al­beit there was not a lot in it.There wasn’t a lot in the game, and their bench was very com­pli­men­tary, but it’s scant con­so­la­tion when you come away with noth­ing. We’ll dust our­selves down, we’ll take our medicine and then go again on the train­ing pitch.”

PIC­TURES: JMP

HIGH JUMP: Bris­tol Rovers’ wall block a free-kick STAR MAN SHAY

TAN McCAR

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