Coleman happy to see Accrington rewarded at Plymouth

Posted Sunday, December 23, 2018 by PA

Coleman happy to see Accrington rewarded at Plymouth

Accrington boss John Coleman was pleased his side got their reward after posting a 3-0 win at struggling Plymouth.

Sam Finley, Sean McConville and Jordan Clark scored in the second half as Stanley ended a four-game losing streak in League One.

McConville’s goal went in off the post but was deserved for his persistence after seeing a first-half shot bounce off the underside of the bar and the inside of the post.

Coleman said: “I am delighted because we have gone seven games without winning and we have been playing quite well in them.

“I was delighted with them, I was delighted they got the reward for all the hard work they have been putting in over the last month.

“But we haven’t been able to put the ball in the net so I am delighted they have got their reward and the ball has eventually gone into the net for them.

“I have got to take my hat off to Plymouth as they made it an entertaining game.

“It was a great advert for League One football, some wonderful passing, dribbling, shots, blocks, saves, whole-hearted passion.

“It wasn’t just Accrington that were on the pitch, Plymouth were there as well.

“Our keeper has made a couple of really good saves, we have a lot of blocks 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.

“The win will boost morale. We said we had to refocus and come up with a way of winning games. Our form has been good, we just haven’t been able to convert it into results. So we had to be more determined to keep a clean sheet. We had to show more effort and care and spot danger quicker.

“We know we are in for two difficult games over the Christmas period. That is what the players love and I love being involved in these games.”

Argyle boss Derek Adams rued his side’s missed opportunities.

He said: “It wasn’t the scoreline everybody wanted. We have had a lot of good opportunities in the game and haven’t taken them. Accrington have been more clinical than us.

“We started the game very well and we took the game to Accrington. We had a number of good opportunities in the first half and we should have been ahead in the game.

“Then Accrington get their opportunities and we go in 0-0 at half time. Both sides were probably happy at that because we both had a good turn at each other.

“With opportunities we probably had the upper hand. Then in the second half they get a goal out of nothing and we are on the back foot after that.

“We still created opportunities but at this moment in time we are not taking them and we are leaking goals at the back.

“Everybody has got to take the blame because if we are not scoring going forward then it puts pressure on the back line and that’s what’s happening.

“We have been in very good positions, opening up teams and not scoring. Then there’s an opportunity for the opposition – they score out of the blue – and then we’ve got a problem.

“That’s happened a number of times to us this season and the team has collectively got to take responsibility.”


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