John Coleman hails Accrington efforts as they reduce gap at League Two summit

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 by PA

John Coleman hails Accrington efforts as they reduce gap at League Two summit

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman praised his side as they closed the gap to one point on League Two leaders Luton with a narrow 1-0 win over Morecambe.

Billy Kee scored the winner, his 21st goal of the season, firing home from the penalty spot in first-half injury-time after Kayden Jackson had been felled by Morecambe defender Dean Winnard.

“I am delighted with the win but you have got to take your hat off to Morecambe, they kept fighting right until the end,” said Coleman.

“We were terrific in the first half and showed great energy and skill and made some great chances. We deserved the penalty but then Morecambe pinned us back for 25 minutes.

“However for the final 20 minutes we saw it out professionally and could have added to our total.

“You could see the desire in our players to see it out, you can see we are at the business end of the season and it would be a shame now if all this hard work went to waste.

“An amazing fact is we have won more games that Luton this season and that’s testament to the players but nothing is given out in the first week in March and we have to stay grounded, there is still a long way to go.”

Morecambe were stronger after the break as Alex Kenyon glanced a header wide while Steven Old also saw his header cleared off the line and the rebound just off-target as the Shrimps remain in 21st spot.

Manager Jim Bentley said: “I am bitterly disappointed but Accrington deserved it. We set off well but then our keeper Barry Roche has kept us in it.

“They showed better possession, they played better and they looked like a team going for automatic promotion, they played with a swagger.

“I wanted the same desire, courage and determination we showed at Wycombe but we weren’t up to the levels.

“I think the penalty could have gone either way as Dean Winnard felt he was pushed by Jackson before Winnard pushed Jackson but we are just not having any luck at the moment. When you are in our position, these things do not go for you.

“We are not scoring enough goals, we only have Kevin Ellison in double figures whereas Accrington have three players in double figures and that’s the big difference.

“Billy Kee is one of the best, if not the best striker in the division and he showed why.”


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