Billy is Kee to Stanley’s success
A FIRST-HALF header from Billy Kee gave Accrington their first win in ten league games against a Crewe side who were architects of their own downfall.
This win puts a little daylight between Stanley and the relegation places and manager John Coleman believes it will be a springboard to better things.
“I am delighted with both the result and performance, I think we deserved the win,” said the delighted Stanley boss.
“Crewe started well but we weathered their pressure and grew into the game.
“I felt Scott Brown and Seamus Conneely did a great job for us in midfield. We needed a result and hopefully now we can kick on from here.”
Coleman revealed he will be signing defender Harvey Rogers and striker Jonathan Edwards on loan from Premier League Hull City.
“Both players will strengthen us, in defence and up top. I think Stanley fans will be excited when they see what these two players will bring to the team.”
Crewe missed a great opportunity to take an early lead when Oliver Turton’s ball from the right found Chris Dagnall unmarked with the goal at his mercy, only for the former Leyton Orient striker to kick thin air.
Not to be outdone, a minute later Accrington fluffed their lines. Seamus McCartan rounding Alex’ ‘keeper Ben Garratt only to fire into the side netting.
With Brown and Conneely increasingly controlling midfield, Accrington began to exert themselves. Kee and Mark Hughes proving a handful for Crewe at set pieces.
Crewe failed to heed the warning. Just before the break Kee’s header from Sean McConville’s right-wing squirmed under the body of Garratt.
The second half was less open and fluid though both sides created opportunities.
John O’Sullivan headed wide for Stanley but it was Crewe who missed the best chance of the second period. Aaron Chapman saved substitute Callum Ainley’s stinging shot only for George Cooper to fire into the side netting.
“After last week’s showing against Carlisle, this was disappointing. We simply have to show more composure in front of goal and be lethal,” said Crewe boss Steve Davis.
“We created the best chances of the game but didn’t take them.
“I am looking to bring in two players in the window and may well have to unload Steve Hollands to finance those deals.”
STAR MAN SCOTT BROWN Accrington