Cole­man’s troops in trib­ute to Win­nard

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Michael Hale

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley boss John Cole­man ded­i­cated this cru­cial win over Bar­net to for­mer cap­tain Dean Win­nard and his fam­ily.

The de­fender, now of More­cambe, lost his brother in the week and the Stan­ley play­ers held aloft a shirt with a trib­ute af­ter Shay McCar­tan’s win­ning goal.

And fresh from eas­ing fears of a drop from League Two, foot­ball was the last thing on Cole­man’s mind.

He said:“I’d just like to start off by say­ing all the play­ers and the staff would like to pass on our con­do­lences to one of our for­mer play­ers Dean Win­nard and to his fam­ily for the tragic loss of his brother.

“I think all the lads ded­i­cated that game for him as a show of sol­i­dar­ity to Dean.

“He was a pop­u­lar fig­ure in our dress­ing room and it’s a very sad week for the fam­ily.

“I think it brought the lads a lit­tle bit closer to­gether. It [the trib­ute] shows the spirit that the lads have for their for­mer col­league as well.”

Matty Pearson headed against the cross­bar from close range as Ac­cring­ton looked dan­ger­ous from set pieces early on.

And a per­fect free­kick from McCar­tan found the bot­tom cor­ner as Stan­ley de­servedly took the lead in the sec­ond half be­fore un­veil­ing a fit­ting trib­ute for Win­nard’s fam­ily.

Justin Amalu­zor did well to reach the by­line and pull back for John Akinde but the Bees striker was bril­liantly de­nied by Marek Ro­dak, the Ac­cring­ton stop­per on loan from Cham­pi­onship Ful­ham.

Jor­dan Clark was inches away from seal­ing the vic­tory late on but his low drive re­bounded off the post with the keeper beaten.

And Bar­net very nearly got an equaliser in the 94th minute but Ro­dak pulled off an­other fan­tas­tic save, this time from Mauro Vil­hete, to make it four win­less games in charge for new Bees man­ager Kevin Nu­gent.

Nu­gent said: “It’s re­ally frus­trat­ing. It’s hard to keep pos­i­tive with them when you want to let off steam but you have to keep be­liev­ing in what you’re do­ing.

“There’s no way that we should’ve come away from here with noth­ing but it’s all about re­sults, I un­der­stand that.

“It was a re­ally tight game there was noth­ing in it. The last words at half-time were don’t give away silly free­kicks. You know at Ac­cring­ton away if some­one goes down, even if it’s a bor­der­line free-kick, it’ll go against you – and they win the game off that free­kick.”

STAR MAN MATTY PEARSON Ac­cring­ton S

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