Bud­get boosted by Cup suc­cess

Accrington Observer - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

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’

Alex Livesey

Billy Kee, cen­tre, cel­e­brates his winning goal with Stan­ley team-mates dur­ing the FA Cup win against Ip­swich

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