‘Sim­ply the best’, says boss Cole­man

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jamie Bow­man

A BRACE from Mark Hughes and free-kick spe­cial­ist Shay McCar­tan’s tenth goal of the sea­son capped a stir­ring Stan­ley come­back against Crewe which left man­ager John Cole­man in rap­tures.

Ac­crign­ton found them­selves two goals down and look­ing likely to fin­ish empty-handed un­til they pro­duced a mem­o­rable late fight­back.

“That’s the big­gest and best win of the sea­son for a few rea­sons,” said Cole­man.

“Crewe were among one of the best teams that have come here.

“I know how they play be­cause I’ve watched them on video but I didn’t re­alise how good they ac­tu­ally were.

“We were dis­ap­pointed with the two goals we con­ceded in the first half, but we had a chat with the play­ers at half-time and in the sec­ond half their keeper has made two un­be­liev­able saves which stopped two of the best goals you’ll see.

“Thank­fully when Shay is in that mood he can score them when it mat­ters – he is a spe­cial tal­ent.”

Chris Dag­nall had al­ready gone close for the vis­i­tors when Mid­dles­brough loa­nee Cal­lum Cooke picked the ball up in mid­field on 15 min­utes be­fore un­leash­ing an un­stop­pable shot which beat Marek Ro­dak.

And the sec­ond goal was a joy to watch as Alex’s pass­ing cut apart the Stan­ley de­fence leav­ing Ge­orge Cooper to play in Dag­nall down the left be­fore the Merseysider clipped a de­light­ful fin­ish over the on­rush­ing Ro­dak.

Stan­ley had to im­prove in the sec­ond half and they did with Ben Gar­ratt tip­ping over a pow­er­ful shot from Billy Kee be­fore the re­sult­ing cor­ner led to de­fender Omar Beck­les forc­ing his way to the by­line be­fore his cut back was con­verted by Hughes. Four min­utes later Sky Bet Player of the Month for March McCar­tan lived up to his billing with a de­light­ful set­piece stroked over the wall.

Stan­ley were a side trans­formed and within 11 min­utes they com­pleted the come­back as Hughes grabbed his sec­ond with an em­phatic fin­ish into the roof of the net.

“I think that sums up our sea­son in a game,” said Crewe man­ager David Artell.

“As good as we were first half, we were as poor in the sec­ond half.

“We played some great stuff in that first half and then we were done by three set pieces.

“When you have a lot of young play­ers that haven’t got the ex­pe­ri­ence that a lot of teams in this league have, they are left shell-shocked and you need to help them.”

STAR MAN SHAY MCCAR­TAN Accrington

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