Three games away from League One. A semi-final against Woking awaits. Woking, like Accrington, were promoted from the National League last season so will be very confident ahead of the playoffs. Accrington have been building towards this for the last part of the season, with Robson bedding in several youth players over the past few games.
Ross Sykes and Andrew Muir have been ever present in defence this year. Luke Moran has been the defensive anchor in the middle of the park with on loan youngsters Powell and Edwards providing a more attacking threat in the middle. Juddy Pambani has scored some crucial goals this season having been presented with several chances. Max Hazeldine is the oldest of the youth at 22, but his goals both last season in the National League and this year in League Two have helped Accrington to 5th place. Goalkeeper Angus Gunn has yet to be afforded a chance in the first team, however with youth being a key part of Robson’s managerial ideology Angus has been thrown into the first team for the playoffs. Will this prove to be a wise decision?
A 2-1 loss against Woking in the 1st leg threatened to derail Accrington’s promotion chances. Despite taking the lead, Accrington were pegged back by goals either side of half-time and failed to get back into the game.
For the second leg, Luke Moran was pushed forward from DM to centre midfield. This tactical move from Robson worked, as Woking were not allowed any space in the middle of the pitch. Moran controlled the midfield as again two goals either side of the break won the match, this time 2-0.
Accrington Stanley are promoted to League One. A brilliant 3-0 victory over deflated Exeter rounds off a terrific season for the Accrington side. Two goals from youngster Juddy Pambani set up a resounding victory with Accrington dominating possession with 63%.
Joseph Robson spoke to several media outlets following the playoff win at Wembley.
“I’m truly astounded by our resolve and determination over the course of this season. We always knew, even when down in the National League, that we had the quality to be competing in League Two and to be promoted is just reward for our work this season. Cheltenham and Notts County at home are two fixtures that stick out in my mind. In these two fixtures we conceded eleven goals. But we fought back from this and worked so hard at training. We ended the season conceding just three in our last thirteen. This is why we deserve to go up.” Joseph Robson
Harry Kewell, assistant to Robson, spoke to an Australian radio station and gave a very candid interview discussing Robson’s ability as a manager.
“As manager of Barrow previous to becoming Joe’s assistant, I was able to see how difficult the job is. Everyday there are little challenges that add to the big ones. Whether that be a little injury niggle to one of your star players or issues with a players contract, there is always something to think about. Being so close to Robson throughout this last year has lead me to believe that he will be one of the best coaches in the world. He brings the best out of his players and his staff. He has certainly bought the best out of me.” Harry Kewell.
Accrington’s Youth Project
Accrington Stanley appear to have a very bright future ahead of them. With several young talents in the side and Joseph Robson at the helm, who knows what could happen to them in the future. Luke Moran and Juddy Pambani certainly have Premier League aspirations and Robson will be hoping to lead them there.
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