Reds turn cor­ner

Accrington Observer - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley man­ager John Cole­man hopes his side have now turned a cor­ner after end­ing their four-match los­ing streak with a 3-0 win at Ply­mouth Ar­gyle on Satur­day.

Goals from San Fin­ley, Sean McConville and Jor­dan Clark earned the Reds all three points away from home and ended their poor run of form.

The win saw Ac­cring­ton climb back into the top half of the League One ta­ble and spend Chirst­mas in 10th po­si­tion, and Cole­man was glad to fi­nally have a pos­i­tive out­come to a game head­ing into Box­ing Day’s clash against Shrews­bury.

“I was de­lighted with them. I am de­lighted that they got a re­ward for all their hard work that they have been putting in for the last month,” he said.

“We have gone seven games with­out win­ning and we have been play­ing quite well in that spell, we just haven’t been able to put the ball in the net.

“I am de­lighted they have got the re­ward and the ball has even­tu­ally gone into the net for them. But I have got to take my hat off to Ply­mouth as well, they have made an en­ter­tain­ing game.

I think it was a great ad­vert for League One foot­ball, with some won­der­ful pass­ing, drib­bling, shots, saves, blocks and whole­hearted pas­sion.

“It wasn’t just Ac­cring­ton that were on the pitch, Ply­mouth were there as well and our goal­keeper has made a cou­ple of re­ally good saves, in­clud­ing a block on the line straight after half-time when they ramped up the pres­sure. The game was al­ways go­ing to be de­cided by the open­ing goal and thank­fully we got it.

It will boost morale. We didn’t train last Thurs­day be­cause we de­cided that we would be bet­ter off talk­ing it through with the play­ers. “We sat down and had a very frank and open dis­cus­sion and we heard what the play­ers had to think and then we gave them our thoughts as well.

“We said that we had to re­set, we had to re­fo­cus and we had to come up with a way of win­ning games be­cause our form in the last seven games has been quite good, we just haven’t been able to con­vert it into re­sults.”

Stan­ley were at­tempt­ing to build on that per­for­mance when they were in ac­tion as the Ex­press went to print on Box­ing Day, with the side tak­ing on Shrews­bury at home.

Shrews­bury had en­dured a dif­fi­cult start to the cam­paign, but after sack­ing John Askey as man­ager, they have slightly im­proved in re­cent weeks, los­ing just one of their last four games to leave them in 15th po­si­tion.

A win for Shrews­bury in the game would see them leapfrog Stan­ley in the ta­ble, while Ac­cring­ton could climb as high as eighth if they are vic­to­ri­ous and other re­sults go their way.

Andy Sten­ning

John Cole­man felt his hard-work­ing Stan­ley play­ers earned the re­ward they de­served at Ply­mouth on Satur­day

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