‘Fan­tas­tic’ Billy’s the Kee for Stan­ley

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

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley’s hopes of achiev­ing au­to­matic pro­mo­tion re­main on course af­ter a nar­row vic­tory against Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

Billy Kee notched his 16th goal of the sea­son with a com­posed left­footed fin­ish in the dy­ing em­bers of the game when the like­li­hood of a draw seemed all but cer­tain.

Ac­cring­ton man­ager John Cole­man said:“It was a tough game as Da­gen­ham are fight­ing for their lives and they of­fered us a real threat through­out the first half. I thought we strug­gled to get to grips with them de­fen­sively.

“In the se­cond half we kept plug­ging away and we fi­nally got our re­ward.

“I don’t think there’s a more fit­ting player that could have scored.

“I thought Billy was fan­tas­tic. That kind of dogged de­ter­min­ism de­spite get­ting bat­tered all af­ter­noon is what sets him apart.”

Jamie Cure­ton spurned a golden op­por­tu­nity for the Dag­gers in the first half but could only watch on in hor­ror as his ef­fort cleared the bar.

The Dag­gers are still bot­tom of the Foot­ball League on 25 points but the gap be­tween them­selves and safety has now in­creased to ten points with nine games left.

De­spite go­ing into the en­counter bot­tom, the Dag­gers largely held their own through­out the first pe­riod.

Stan­ley’s op­por­tu­ni­ties, by and large, were re­duced to long-range ef­forts as both Shay McCar­tan and Scott Brown had their ef­forts par­ried away hav­ing stung the palms of Liam O’Brien.

Af­ter the re-start Ac­cring­ton got to grips with a stub­born Da­gen­ham side as first Kee saw his pulled ef­fort fall ag­o­nis­ingly wide of the post be­fore Brown failed to con­vert with the goal was at his mercy.

The pres­sure fi­nally told in the 83rd minute when Kee re­ceived the ball in the penalty box from Sean McConville and saw his ef­fort ini­tially blocked. But he col­lected the re­bound and nes­tled a left­footed shot past the de­spair­ing O’Brien.

Dag­gers man­ager John Still said: “It was ab­so­lutely not what we needed and I’m des­per­ately dis­ap­pointed be­cause the boys have com­peted re­ally well against a side that is go­ing for pro­mo­tion.

“We should have been one-nil up at the break – there’s no doubt about that what­so­ever. If Jamie’s ef­fort had gone in then it would have changed the dy­namic of the game as they would have had to push out a bit more.

“In the se­cond half they sat a lot deeper and were a lot more pa­tient with the ball and it was frus­trat­ing as it re­stricted our op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“As long as we com­pete I can suf­fer dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mances.”

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