The Opposition View - Accrington Stanley
In the wake of yesterday's 1-0 defeat at Accrington, here are some views on the game from Stanley's manager John Coleman and a selection of their fans.
"We only worked on it yesterday," said Coleman, discussing a change of system with his club's Official Website.
"We've talked about it for a couple of weeks but we only worked on it yesterday and we decided to give it a go. I only decided as I got to the ground to be honest, it was touch and go whether we went a different way."
"We wanted to be more attacking and we wanted to commit more men forward, and we did, and we made lots of chances in the first half."
"It was a bit open, but sometimes you have to accept that. Sometimes we had 3 v 3 at the back but we dealt with it well."
"We got to grips with the system more than them, and for the last 25 minutes of the first half I thought it was all us."
"We were pinning them back and they weren`t hurting us much going the other way."
"Then they've made a change, they've brought Bean on to shore up the midfield and give them a bit of solidity in front of the back four."
"It took a little bit of pressure off our back-three, but then it was hard to get any width into the game and it was hard to get any players onto the ball in good areas."
"The goal came from perseverance, a ball into the box and winning the second ball and the third ball, and after that we didn't look like conceding," said Coleman.
The Accrington fans were delighted with their side's performance.
The following extracts are taken from Accringtonweb.
"Well deserved three points. I thought Wycombe`s keeper kept the score down with some good saves. Stanley kept at em after scoring and Everton kept the beast pretty quiet. Grateful for that, good all round team performance."
Lord Didsbury wrote:
"Really good first half, solid at the back in the second. The look of competent promotion contenders."
"My man of the match goes to Coleman. The change of formation for this specific physical game seem to inspire every member of the team. It was great not to see the beast make a hearty meal out of us. Apart from a couple of scares when the defence switched off they defended outstandingly. Well done the whole team and a well deserved victory."
"It was an excellent tactical display and a fully deserved win. John and Jimmy setting up the 'Back Three' with Rawson coming in was a masterstroke. We outplayed and out-foxed them in every way tonight and they were reduced to a lot of niggly 'cheating' fouls to stop us running riot in the second half. A really cracking performance from all of the players but from the management too."
Lord Stiffupperlip wrote:
"After the nervous displays against Guiseley & Newport, tonight's performance was altogether more disciplined. At no point did we panic, despite it taking 70 minutes before we finally broke a resolute Wycombe. The team showed belief in their game plan & incredible patience. Thankfully, the 'Beast' barely featured. Credit to our defence for another clean sheet. Last but not least - well done Hughesie! The scourge of Wycombe - Again!"
"A very enjoyable match tonight. The back three did an ace job in keeping Akinfenwa under control. Four points clear in third is a wonderful feeling."
Next Game: Wycombe v Yeovil - Saturday 25th November - 3.00pm