"Stanley … of noble fame and worth"
Early preview this week as I shall be in the wilds of Croatia with dubious internet access…
With one-fifth of the season already behind us we find ourselves comfortably in the play-off zone, against the huge majority of predictions. John Coleman’s Accrington Stanley might also be said to be doing better than expected, with only one defeat (at home to Gillingham!!) to their name (like ourselves) and only 11 goals conceded (like ourselves), but they’re also something of League One’s draw specialists - five out of their nine games so far. Reassuring for us in another way is that Stanley have failed to keep a single clean sheet - at least we’ve done it on one occasion!! Their first home win was on Saturday against AFC Wimbledon, and although some of us moan about the Bescot attendances it’s a sobering thought that only 1,732 turned up for their game. Recent League One form:-
21 Aug Oxford United (A) Won 2-3
25 Aug Blackpool (A) Drew 1-1
1 Sep Scunthorpe United (H) Drew 1-1
8 Sep Burton Albion (H) Drew 1-1
15 Sep Fleetwood Town (A) Drew 1-1
22 Sep AFC Wimbledon (H) Won 2-1
Dean Keates has already demonstrated his ability to rotate the squad according to tactical considerations and his assessment of the opposition, so at this stage it’s anyone’s guess what the precise selection of midfield and strikers will be. All we can say with certainty is that the players will have been motivated to keep up this lovely habit of winning - especially at home, where there is perhaps a touch of Doncaster Rovers hangover to be dispatched…
Prediction? This surely has to be another achievable 3 points, and a 2-0 result is on the cards with Ferrier (again) and Cook (2nd half substitute) scoring.