Cole­man’s dream­ing big af­ter Sean stars

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Jamie Bow­man

in and threat­ened to en­gulf the pitch. Thank­fully, the gloom re­lented enough for the home sup­port­ers to view a truly splen­did goal from McConville, who picked up the goal on the left of the area be­fore un­leash­ing an un­stop­pable drive be­yond a de­spair­ing Chris­tian Wal­ton.

Lu­ton who drew level on 53 min­utes when Chap­man blocked Jack Mar­riott’s shot only for the ball to re­bound to Gray who found the net from the edge of the area. But within three min­utes Stan­ley were back in front when Beck­les glanced in McConville’s cross from six yards out.

And the Hat­ters’ mis­er­able away day was com­plete when Rea was dis­missed in the clos­ing sec­onds for a sec­ond yel­low card.

Lu­ton man­ager Nathan Jones said: “I’m so dis­ap­pointed. The same peo­ple keep mak­ing the same er­rors and we had enough chances to take the game to a re­play, but we weren’t clin­i­cal enough and at the other end it was naive de­fend­ing.

“We should have clearly got some­thing from the game and I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed be­cause this was an FA Cup tie.

“We didn’t re­ally show our­selves as a top team in our di­vi­sion that re­ally wanted to win.” AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley will go into the draw for the fourth round for only the sec­ond time in their his­tory, and man­ager John Cole­man hopes this re­sult can pro­pel his side up the league ta­ble too.

Sean McConville and Omar Beck­les struck for the home side, can­celling out a Jake Gray goal for Lu­ton Town, who saw Glen Rea dis­missed late on.

And Cole­man, who was also boss when Stan­ley lost to then Premier League Ful­ham in the fourth round in 2011, said his side de­served an­other crack at the big time fol­low­ing their hard-fought vic­tory.

He said: “I’m ob­vi­ously de­lighted be­cause Lu­ton are a good side. They made it very dif­fi­cult for us but we were pos­i­tive and from what I could see of the last ten min­utes, if any­one was go­ing to score it would be us.

“We knew how they would play but they had a few key play­ers out to be fair to them so I wanted us to be pos­i­tive, play with two for­wards and try to get at them, which we did for long pe­ri­ods.

“Over­all we de­served to win the game and what I said to the play­ers after­wards was to use this as a spring­board in the league.”

A drab first half played un­der leaden skies of­fered lit­tle en­ter­tain­ment for ei­ther set of fans as the fog rolled STAR MAN SEAN MCCONVILLE Ac­cring­ton

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