Cup joy on duo’s

Accrington Observer - - SPORT - STAN­LEY........................... 3 CHEL­TENHAM ................. 1


AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley set up an FA Cup third round clash with Ip­swich Town after pick­ing up a win at home to Chel­tenham Town on Satur­day.

Sec­ond half goals from Of­frande Zan­zala, Billy Kee and Jor­dan Clark was enough to earn the Reds the vic­tory in the sec­ond round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Stan­ley man­ager John Cole­man was de­lighted to come out on top at the Wham Sta­dium, and he thought it the re­sult was more than de­serv­ing.

“I thought some of the foot­ball we played at times was ex­cel­lent. I think it was an over­all de­cent dis­play and en­ter­tain­ing for the fans,” he said.

“The at­mos­phere seemed a bit flat and our fans did the best to lift us, but we had to lift them too. We showed flashes of bril­liance in the first half where we cre­ated three or four good chances but we didn’t take them.

“We scored two goals and then we were dis­ap­pointed with the goal we con­ceded, but we had the gump­tion to go on and push on and score again and make chances.

“It’s very rare that you see an Ac­cring­ton side found want­ing for ef­fort, de­ter­mi­na­tion or pas­sion. They may run of out steam or run out of legs, but they give it their all and the lads have been great.

“They’ve re­sponded well over the past week about what we’ve tried to put across to them, and I think you saw that in the way we played.”

Cole­man also praised sev­eral of his play­ers, most no­tably Of­frande Zan­zala, who per­formed well as a sub­sti­tute after ini­tially hav­ing to set­tle for a place on the bench.

“With Con­nor Hall and Luke Char­man out, we only had Andy Scott as an ex­tra op­tion, and he’s still 18 and learn­ing his trade, so we didn’t have a lot of back up to change the game if we had started with Zan­zala,” said Cole­man.

“His per­for­mance vin­di­cated the de­ci­sion to do that, as he was lively when he came on and he got his goal from a well worked cor­ner. He then utilised his pace for the penalty that Billy Kee scored.

“I was feel­ing it for Billy a bit when he was walk­ing up to take the penalty but he’s buried it. His over­all play was good and he’s won his head­ers. He’s been strug­gling with an in­jury and it was touch and go if he would play, but he bat­tled through for the cause.

“Billy is a great lad and there’s no­body more pleased than me that he’s got his goal. Dan Bar­laser was ex­cep­tional again as well, and when he breaks through the lines he’s a breath of fresh air.”

It was a quiet first half in the game, with Ac­cring­ton un­able to make the break­through de­spite creat­ing a cou­ple of chances. The Chel­tenham de­fence was able to hold firm up un­til the in­ter­val, mean­ing it was 0-0 at half-time.

It was dur­ing the break where Zan­zala made his in­tro­duc­tion in place of Sea­mus Con­neely, and it didn’t take the for­ward long to make an im­pact.

Just four min­utes after com­ing on, he was able to head home a cross from Sean McConville to make it 1-0 and reg­is­ter his sixth goal of the cam­paign.

Zan­zala was prov­ing to be a con­stant threat after com­ing on, and he was in­volved again just after the hour mark when he won his side a penalty. His dan­ger­ous run into the box re­sulted in him be­ing brought down by Jor­don Forster, with Kee on hand to con­vert the spot kick to dou­ble the lead.

A few Ac­cring­ton nerves be­gan to emerge when Alex Ad­dai pulled one back for Chel­tenham, but a few min­utes later Clark put the game beyond doubt when he scored the third to make the fi­nal score 3-1.

It was a happy end­ing for Cole­man and as­sis­tant Jimmy Bell, who were cel­e­brat­ing their 1,000th match to­gether as a man­age­ment team.

Alex Livesey

Billy Kee was on tar­get for Stan­ley in the FA Cup sec­ond round clash against Chel­tenham at the Wham Sta­dium

Tim Easthope

Of­frande Zan­zala opened the scor­ing for Stan­ley on Satur­day

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