Con­neely’s re­turn key to turn­ing cor­ner

Accrington Observer - - WILDLIFE -

SHELDAN KEAY

JOHN Cole­man has praised his cap­tain Sea­mus Con­neely for the im­pact he made dur­ing Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley’s 3-0 vic­tory at Ply­mouth Ar­gyle on Satur­day.

Con­neely was start­ing his first league game in nearly a month, but he per­formed well and helped the Reds pick up all three points.

The 30-year-old was handed a po­si­tion in the start­ing line-up in place of Of­frande Zan­zala, but Cole­man feels like his de­ci­sion paid off.

“Sea­mus just gives us a bit more of a calm­ing in­flu­ence in mid­field and we thought that if we could con­tain Ply­mouth by con­trol­ling pos­ses­sion, we’d have a bet­ter chance of win­ning the game,” he said.

“Well, a bet­ter chance of keep­ing a clean sheet and we felt as though we had the fire power to score and then that would lead to us win­ning the game. That was the de­ci­sion to put him in, I think con­sid­er­ing that he hasn’t played for a while, he did ever so well.”

Cole­man was also im­pressed with his goal­keeper Con­nor Ri­p­ley as he made a string of good saves to keep a clean sheet in the game.

“He was very good. We know what a top qual­ity goal­keeper Con­nor is. He has been a bit un­lucky with some shots that have gone in lately that he could do lit­tle about,” he said.

“On Satur­day he showed his worth and he made three or four re­ally good saves which were at cru­cial times in the game and kept us in it.”

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