Accrington Stanley have spent the last few months building a case for promotion. The Reds find themselves in 7th place, just six points behind an automatic promotion position. Though manager Joseph Robson will be pushing for 3rd and above, a more realistic aim for Stanley would be to remain in the playoffs. Portsmouth and Oxford are running away with the top two and Accrington have been unable to string several wins in a row, dropping points at regular intervals.
Pushing for the Playoffs
Robson has, although his teams’ league position says otherwise, struggled throughout the season with putting together a good sequence of results. A 6-1 home defeat to Cheltenham threatened to derail Accrington’s season. Later in the season a 5-3 home defeat against Notts County further highlighted the defensive frailties in the Stanley defence. Despite the inconsistent form displayed throughout the year, Accrington have remained in playoff contention and Robson will hope that they will continue to do so.
Statistically Accrington have both struggled for scoring goals and preventing goals. Goals have been spread around the team, with just Max Hazeldine reaching double-figures. Both Joe Powell and Marcus Edwards have proved their worth in the centre of midfield with 341 key passes between them. Kenji Gorre has improved since his transfer to The Reds, averaging a 7.55 rating per game.
Liam Grimshaw and Tadej Kolenc (on loan) were the only additions to the squad from January. Fans have understandably been underwhelmed by the signings made by the promotion chasing-club. However, financially, the club appear to be in some trouble.
Accrington have ten games remaining to try and retain their playoff position. Manager Robson will be keen to ensure his side can continue to improve. Can Accrington earn back-to-back promotions? VivaLaVidaFM