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In focus: Accrington Stanley match preview

2 December 2020

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In focus: Accrington Stanley match preview

2 December 2020

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts ahead of tonight's fixture with Accrington Stanley.

Accrington Stanley visit Montgomery Waters Meadow after having a fine start to their season. John Coleman has guided his team to seven wins from 11 fixtures so far as his team continually look to push up the table. Despite a strong start to their campaign, Accy's goals come from all across the pitch and prove to be a tough test for any Sky Bet League One team.

Name: Accrington Stanley Football Club

Nickname: Stanley, Accy

Founded: 1891 (Re-founded 52 years ago)

Stadium: Wham Stadium

Capacity: 5,450

Biggest win: 8-0, New Brighton, Division Three (North) 1934

Biggest loss: 1-9, Lincoln City, Division Three (North) 1951

Highest league finish: 14th, Sky Bet League One, 2018/19

Read Steve Cotterill's thoughts ahead of the tie...

The Manager – John Coleman

John Coleman is currently in his second spell in charge of the club. His first spell at the club saw him become the club's most successful manager as he returned the Reds to the Football League.

The prolific non-league striker joined the club as player-manager after a successful spell at Ashton United in 1999, leading Stanley to the UniBond First Division title at the first time of asking.

In his second full season back with the Reds, he led the side to the brink of promotion, claiming fourth place in League Two before losing out to AFC Wimbledon in the Play-Offs. Coleman clinched promotion to the third tier of the EFL for the first time in their history in 2018, winning 18 of their final 23 games.


Goalkeeper – Toby Savin

19-year-old Toby Savin joined Accrington Stanley in 2017 after spells in Southport, Wigan Athletic, Everton, and Crewe Alexandra's youth teams.

The 6 foot four inches tall shot-stopper is enjoying a breakthrough season with Stanley having appeared for the first-team on a number of occasions. Savin also spent a short time out on loan with Stalybridge Celtic last season.

Defender – Cameron Burgess

Aberdeen-born Australian youth international Cameron Burgess joined Accrington Stanley at the start of the current season. The towering centre-back started his career with Fulham but enjoyed first-team football during four loan spells away from the Club.

Previous to joining John Coleman at the Wham Stadium, the defender represented Scunthorpe United and Salford City. Burgess has represented both the Scotland and Australian youth teams.


Midfielder – Seamus Conneely

Seamus Conneely is one of Stanley's longest-serving players having joined the club in 2015 from Sligo Rovers. The 32-year-old midfielder has since made over 200 appearances for John Coleman's team.

Conneely has represented Galway United, Sheffield United, and Alfreton Town but has enjoyed regular football for five years at the Wham Stadium. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland's under-23 and 21 outfits.

Forward – Colby Bishop

Colby Bishop joined Accrington in 2019 after a goal-laden two years with Leamington where he scored 33 goals in 53 league matches.

The 24-year-old began his career with Notts County but spent the early years of his career in non-league with Gloucester City, Worcester City, and Boston United.

Read Charlie Daniels thoughts ahead of the fixture...

League stats:

Results: P11 W7 D1 L3

Last five results: WWWDW

Win percentage: 64%

Average points per game: 2

Average goals scored per game: 1.27

Average goals per game: 2.18

Average shots per match: 13.9

Average possession: 44%

Fouls per match: 6.36

Offsides per match: 2.82

Top goal-scorer: Dion Charles - 3

Top Assists: Joe Cameron Pritchard - 2

Most cards: Cameron Burgess - 2

Most frequent FT score: 2-0 (2 times)

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