Reds break run

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SKY BET LEAGUE ONE PLY­MOUTH AR­GYLE...... 0 STAN­LEY........................... 3 SHELDAN KEAY

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley ended a run of four straight de­feats after a dom­i­nant vic­tory away from home against Ply­mouth Ar­gyle.

Goals from Sam Fin­ley, Sean McConville and Jor­dan Clark helped the Reds pick up all three points at Home Park to se­cure their first vic­tory in seven games.

The win saw Stan­ley move up to 10th po­si­tion ahead of their game against Shrews­bury on Box­ing Day, and man­ager John Cole­man was pleased with the per­for­mance.

“They were three well worked goals. Sam Fin­ley hadn’t scored a league goal yet. He has had great op­por­tu­ni­ties but the ball just wouldn’t go in for him. He kept his com­po­sure and got his goal on Satur­day with a re­ally good header,” he said.

“We were think­ing it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen for Sean McConville, but he is a clever player and is al­ways ca­pa­ble of get­ting a shot off. I know he has the most shots in League One from any player and he also has the most shots on tar­get from any player.

“You know what you are get­ting off Sean, that is his eighth goal of the sea­son now and he will be tar­get­ing, cer­tainly dou­ble fig­ures and into the high teens.

“Jor­dan Clark then scored and you know what you are get­ting off Jor­dan. He works his socks off and they all work them­selves into the ground.

“You see Cal­lum John­son go down with cramp late on and he is prob­a­bly the fittest player in our squad. So for him to be go­ing down with cramp, it tells you how much of a shift he has put in and how much of a shift ev­ery- one else has put in.

“Billy Kee didn’t get on the score­sheet but he was im­mense. he led the line and has ac­tu­ally ended up with two-and-a-half as­sist.

“He has been fo­cused all week and has shown a de­ter­mi­na­tion to get us back. He knows how es­sen­tial he is to the way we play and I think he felt that he had been let­ting us down a lit­tle bit although I thought he was our best player last week as well.

“On Satur­day he was ab­so­lutely im­mense and he shows why he is, prob­a­bly in the lower leagues, one of the best cen­tre-for­wards I know.”

Ac­cring­ton played well in the first half of the match with Ply­mouth, but they were un­able to find the net de­spite cre­at­ing some chances. McConville had one of them, with his pow­er­ful shot strik­ing the cross­bar be­fore bounc­ing to safety.

The Stan­ley de­fence also had to be firm at the other end, keep­ing out Ply­mouth at­tempts from the likes of Fred­die Ladapo and Gra­ham Carey to en­sure that it re­mained goal­less at the break.

The Reds were quick out of the blocks in the se­cond half, and their hard work was re­warded when they got the opener just after the hour mark. A cross from Clark was met by Billy Kee, who flicked the ball into the path of Fin­ley who headed home to make it 1-0 on 61 min­utes.

It didn’t take long for Stan­ley to dou­ble their lead, as just four min­utes later they were able to dou­ble their lead. It was a su­perb solo ef­fort from McConville, who cut in from the left be­fore fir­ing the ball into the far cor­ner to make it 2-0.

Stan­ley con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate and could have had a third when Kee fired wide on 72 min­utes, but they even­tu­ally net­ted again when Clark scored with 13 min­utes to go to put the fin­ish­ing touches on the vic­tory and earn Ac­cring­ton a dom­i­nant 3-0 win.

Nathan Stirk

Sean McConville was among the scor­ers at Ply­mouth

Tim Easthope

Sam Fin­ley, left, was on the score­sheet for Stan­ley at Ply­mouth on Satur­day

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