Budget boosted by Cup success
ACCRINGTON Stanley manager John Coleman says his team’s success in the FA Cup this season has massively helped with the club’s budget.
The Reds made it to round four of the competition after a 1-0 win over Championship side Ipswich Town on Saturday.
Coleman’s men will now take on either South- ampton or Derby County at the Wham Stadium, and Coleman – who operates with the joint lowest budget in League One – is aware just how vital the financial rewards are.
“We’re unlikely to win it, but we can put ourselves on the map and earn a few bob along the way. That’s the most important thing,” he said.
“The harsh reality is we don’t get the numbers through the gates, and that reflects on the budget that we have to operate with. Andy Holt has done a terrific job keeping the plates spinning, but the FA Cup money will make it easier for myself and Andy. I want to compete in League One, and this is a revenue stream that thankfully we’ve made a few bob from this year which has helped with the budget.”
Accrington’s win came thanks to a goal from Billy Kee, and Coleman says his team were fully deserving of their triumph.
“I thought we were excellent, in the first half particularly. We took the game to them and were very much on the front foot,” he said.
“We made chances and couldn’t take them, but the lads defended well too. Ipswich upped their tempo in the second half and created more opportunities, but we dealt with all of the things that were thrown at us.
“You know how much I love 1-0 wins but I’d have much sooner had two or three for my nerves. We took one and that was enough.
“We didn’t play well in the second half but we took our goal. We played a different type of game in the second half because we had to adapt our game, but I don’t think you can begrudge us the win.
“We were the better team in the 90 minutes. We knew we’d both play good football so it was a good advert for the sport, and thankfully we came out on top.”
Next up for the Reds is a league game against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, and Coleman hopes his players can take inspiration from the FA Cup win.
“We have to take this as a little step back into the league because we want to improve our league form,” he said.
“Our play hasn’t warranted the return we’ve had over the last five or ten games, so we’ve got to get that back.
“The players have to defend like they did in the game against Ipswich, so we have got to replicate this in the league and take our chances.”
‘We’re unlikely to win it but we can put ourselves on the map’
Billy Kee, centre, celebrates his winning goal with Stanley team-mates during the FA Cup win against Ipswich