So, onto Accrington, in the cup, again.
The last game between these two saw City playing well without any cutting edge. We looked comfortable at the back and didn’t have too many scares. Ultimately, it was our lack of goals at the time which came to bite us on the arse, City getting dumped out of the League Cup after a thrilling penalty shoot-out.
Head to Head
City don’t have the most convincing of records against Accrington in recent history. In the last 14 games, City have won only 3 times, losing 6 times including THAT infamous 3-0 defeat in 2007. Long gone are those days of Barry Conlon and Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu.
Accrington have been on a reasonable run of late. Including the 4-1 FL Trophy win v Chesterfield, they’ve only lost once in the last 5 games. Since losing Josh Windass, though, they haven’t exactly found goals easy to come by, scoring 1.27 goals per game, under the league average.
All in all, they look a middle of the road League 2 team currently, not quite hitting the heights of last season where they were formidable opponents, especially at home.
Top Scorer: Billy Kee (5) & Romuald Boco (5)
City will most likely make a few changes. James Hanson is likely to start the game after a light start to the campaign and completing 90 minutes against Wimbledon. Who joins him up there is anyone’s guess. With Hiwula scoring in his last two games, one could argue momentum but he is likely to be given a rest. One player who could be unlikely to replace him is Marc McNulty, with Sheffield United likely to refuse permission for him to play. Josh Cullen will be away on international duty so a chance could fall to Danny Devine to add to his impressive start to the season. McCall might also opt to play Sattelmaier in goal, who has been an able replacement for Colin Doyle.
Stanley’s team could possibly be ‘all change’ for the tie, with Assistant Manager Jimmy Bell warning that no Stanley player is guaranteed a starting spot after their dismal loss to Newport County on Saturday. One of the players who could make a rare appearance is former City Player and carpet fitter, Paddy Lacey. He’s only made 3 appearances for Accrington so far but with Coleman expected to make a few changes, he could get his chance after an injury ravaged career.
One to watch
Billy Kee – I liked him in League 2 when he played for Torquay and he’s matured into a decent forward for Accrington. He was raw then, but what I liked about him was he isn’t afraid to shoot from anywhere. He likes to get into pockets behind the main forward and, if not picked up, he can get into decent scoring positions. He showed this in a decent spell at Burton. He, along with goal-scoring midfield, Romuald Boco, is certain to cause City a few problems if we let him in-between the lines.
Graham Salisbury (Lancashire) – 13 Games, 40 Yellows, 1 red