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Accrington Observer - - MOTORS -

not even get­ting on the bench so we know we have to be at our best.

“I said at the start of the sea­son, this league might suit the way we play bet­ter and you can see in spells that it does – but we need to sus­tain the spells for longer pe­ri­ods of time.

“There is be­lief, a lot of the lads have not played and this level and they will only get bet­ter.

“Our ex­pec­ta­tions are high, we aren’t here just to make up the num­bers.

“Our man­ager prob­a­bly wants us to win this league and then the Cham­pi­onship next year, that’s the way he is!

“But we have played all these teams in the past, we can hold our own, we have a lot of good play­ers here who can play in this league and even higher.

“It’s a good club to be at, it’s on the up and we have got lads play­ing well which bodes well for the fu­ture.”

Boss John Cole­man told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site: “It’s not a sur­prise that Con­nor (Ri­p­ley)has done so well. I had to be pa­tient in the sum­mer to wait for him and it was im­por­tant not to panic.

“I had an inkling he would come and it is bet­ter wait­ing to get my first choice.

“Con­nor pulled off a num­ber of good saves, he isn’t per­fect yet but he is a very good goal­keeper.

“The thing I would have liked was to score more goals for the chances we have cre­ated.

“If we im­prove our con­ver­sion rate, we will win more games.

“I al­ways thought we should be com­pet­ing in the top half of the ta­ble, I knew we could com­pete in the top half with the strength of our squad.

“You have got to be pos­i­tive as a man­ager and have got to have the be­lief and con­fi­dence in your squad but I am sure there are 20 man­agers say­ing the same.”

VIEW FROM THE CEME­TERY END

WHAT a dif­fer­ence a week makes in foot­ball.

Two wins in four days and Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley find them­selves level on points with Sun­der­land as we sit pretty in fifth.

There are only four teams be­tween us and the Cham­pi­onship at the minute, I’m chuck­ling to my­self as I write that and why not? It’s late on Tues­day night and I’m ever the pes­simist so I de­serve to let my­self get car­ried away oc­ca­sion­ally.

It would seem that no one re­ally gave us a chance at Wal­sall. The book­ies unan­i­mously had us down to get a beat­ing and prob­a­bly with good rea­son. The home side had good form head­ing into the game and prob­a­bly fan­cied their chances in the sun­shine.

From all ac­counts it looks as though we were pretty much un­der pres­sure through­out af­ter get­ting the early goal.

We’re fan­tas­ti­cally quick starters these days and when we do bag an early goal it stead­ies us mas­sively, Billy makes no mis­take with that.

Con­nor Ri­p­ley pulled off some saves there that would be fit for any side.

All the talk last week was of clean sheets and now he has a cou­ple to hang his hat on nicely.

I think he looks good to play at a very high level and we should be very pleased he’s with us for now.

On to the home game and Zan­zala fi­nally gets his goal that I’ve been ask­ing him for all year.

It’s chances like that he may have missed in games up to now this sea­son and un­for­tu­nately the cor­ner flag felt the brunt of his frus­tra­tion if any­one saw that.

Class to see such pas­sion, he needs to kick on now and add a few more to his tally but he’s caus­ing real prob­lems for teams at the mo­ment.

Bar­laser is un­lucky not to have opened his ac­count just yet. It would seem he’s some­thing of a place­ment spe­cial­ist and it’ll be sooner rather than later if he keeps ping­ing those ef­forts around.

I want to talk a lit­tle about the new Eric Whal­ley Stand which housed sup­port­ers for the first time on Tues­day too.

I’ve been a touch quick to say that I think it looks a lit­tle rushed and a bit like a lego brick when I’ve been chat­ting to other peo­ple on the ter­races.

How­ever, I was made to eat my words and thought it looked fan­tas­tic un­der the lights, re­ally chang­ing the di­men­sions of our fa­mous old ground. I think it’s some­thing the big man would have been proud of and to get the win as well was the cherry on the cake.

Imag­ine what that’s go­ing to look like when the grounds full for big games! It’ll be tear jerk­ing for a lot of us.

As al­ways, we need to con­cen­trate on the next game and Shrews­bury this week­end.

They have only won one game so far this sea­son but are draw spe­cial­ists.

It’s al­ways a tough place to visit (partly be­cause the ground is around a 20-minute walk from civil­i­sa­tion) but also in terms of the noise the fans make to the side of the pitch.

I’ve seen us win, draw and get beaten badly there so it’s cer­tainly a lot­tery!

As al­ways, hope to see you there. Let’s con­tinue this fine form which doesn’t seem to be giv­ing up, it’s been go­ing on around two years now…

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