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Atkinson hoping to keep his place at Stanley
LOAN signing Rob Atkinson hopes he has done enough to retain his place in the Accrington Stanley defence this afternoon – despite Toto Nsiala’s return from a ban.
Stanley boss Paul Cook brought in Atkinson on loan from fellow League Two side Fleetwood last week after Nsiala’s one-match suspension for five bookings left the Reds depleted in defence.
Atkinson helped Stanley to a 1-0 win over Aldershot on his debut on Saturday so the 25-year-old hopes he will again be named in the starting line-up at AFC Wimbledon today, having joined Accrington to get games after losing his place at Fleetwood.
“Like at any football club you’ve got to earn your shirt and do well on a Saturday, and hopefully it puts you in a better place to start the next game,” said Atkinson, who previously played for Barnsley and Grimsby.
“I thought I did all right on Saturday so hopefully I get the shirt this weekend.
“As a central defender it’s always nice to start with a clean sheet.
“I’ve played a number of games in League Two with Grimsby, it’s a level I’m comfortable at and can definitely play at.”
Atkinson is at Stanley for an initial month and will speak to Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon, Cook’s former Burnley team-mate, at the end of that period to assess his future at the club.
An extension of his loan at Stanley is possible.
“I got a slight injury in the middle of pre-season, just before the season started, which kept me out for a couple of weeks,” he said.
“Then it was a case of catching up on fitness.
“I played a couple of reserve team games, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy the other week and then in a behind closed doors friendly against Stoke.
“But it was just a case of getting out on loan and getting some games.
“The gaffer said to me he wanted me to play some games and it was a perfect opportunity to come here. I’m happy to be here.
“I think it’s just a case of doing the month here and seeing how many games I play.
“It’s the manager’s decision at Fleetwood whether he wants me back in his plans after getting the match time that he wants me to have. It’s just a case of taking it game by game.”
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