Second-half show impresses Accrington boss John Coleman



Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by PA

Second-half show impresses Accrington boss John Coleman

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman was pleased with his side’s second-half rally after they came from behind to draw 1-1 at gutsy Barnet.

The Bees might be rock bottom of League Two and remain in deep trouble, but they matched high-flying Stanley for much of the game at the Hive.

Billy Kee had to rescue a point for Stanley with a 68th-minute penalty equaliser – his 20th goal of the season after Alex Nicholls had scored the opener.

Coleman said: “That might turn out to be a good point for us, so I can’t complain.

“We were disappointing in the first half, when we didn’t create enough at all. There were a few scrambled effort from either side, but that was it.

“Our second-half performance was far better, though. We battered them at times.

“Credit to Barnet, though. They are fighting for their lives down at the bottom and they made it difficult for us.

“We’ve still got to be mindful of the fact that we don’t tense up in games because the season is coming to a close and we’re in a good position.

“We’ve got a certain way of playing and we’ve got to stick to that. The players are also fully aware that they need to stick to that. When we do we’re formidable.

“The players need to concentrate on what they’re doing, and try to do that to the best of their ability.

“Natural ability will lead to a sprinkling of game-changing opportunities. Then you’ve got good chances to win a game.”

Barnet boss Graham Westley felt his side missed a great chance to claw some vital points back on those above them.

He was also angered by a late penalty appeal that was not given.

Westley said: “The referee didn’t help us with that one at the end. It looked like a penalty from the sidelines, but the referee hasn’t given it and there isn’t much more we can do.

“We’ve given it our best shot again, but it’s not been quite enough.

“It’s difficult. This is a tough competition and you need to get a little bit of luck and a decision or two sometimes. That didn’t happen here today.

“The players can’t be too downhearted, though. They’ve given it everything again today, and I can’t be tough on them.

“This is a really tough division. We’ve all seen that often enough so far this season.

“We can only keep working hard and if we do that, then hopefully it’ll be enough. There’s still enough games left for us as far as I’m concerned.”

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