An incredible run towards the end of the 2017-2018 season saw Accrington Stanley finish second in the National League behind Woking. A run of seven straight league victories was enough to secure a playoff spot in second place for The Reds. The Accrington board will surely feel that their decision to award Robson a new contract has been justified, or perhaps the upcoming result of the playoffs will decide that.
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Robson Leads Stanley to Playoffs
Joseph Robson’s previous club York City scraped survival as Stockport failed to win on the final day. Robson is said to be disappointed with their failures, stating that he would never wish ill of his previous employers. The Yorkshire born manager will be pleased, however, with the drastic improvement in Accrington Stanley’s performances. In particular seven wins on the bounce will no doubt encourage Robson ahead of the playoffs. It is not to be forgotten that regardless of the playoff result, Stanley still have the FA Trophy final to look forward to. A trophy would sit very nicely on Robson’s mantelpiece.
Joe Powell has been highlighted as a contender for player of the season. His impressive performances have no doubt dragged his side in the right direction and his passing qualities will no doubt be missed should Accrington be unable to renew his loan.
Accrington, with their Football League status the reward, need to beat Torquay and either Macclesfield or Kidderminster to gain promotion. Spencer Birmingham, of BBC Radio Devon, spoke to Robson over the phone to discuss the fixtures and York City’s survival.
“Obviously Torquay is my main focus right now. As a team we feel prepared and will go out there expecting a very tough battle. All four teams are here by merit. We are expecting difficult games but we have confidence in our abilities. It is especially important for us to focus on Torquay and nothing or no-one else. I don’t have a lot to say about York. I’m happy that they survived but I know from experience that they need big changes to overturn their downward spiral. I wasn’t the right person for that role but I have found a club where I am very happy at in Accrington.” Joseph Robson
The playoffs loom. Can Joseph Robson lead Accrington to promotion and the Football League or will Accrington suffer defeat and remain in the National League?
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