When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
No distraction for Accrington Stanley in big week
DETERMINED defender Tom Aldred has urged Accrington Stanley not to let the Capital One Cup become a distraction.
The Reds entertain Premier League new boys Cardiff City at the Store First Stadium on Wednesday, after pulling off a first round shock away to Middlesbrough.
But Aldred insists a first league win must be their priority as James Beattie’s side look to climb off the bottom of the table as they face the first of three home games in a week against Cheltenham tomorrow afternoon.
“Personally I’m not thinking about Wednesday. Tomorrow’s game is going to be bigger because we need three points on the board,” said the centre half.
“We’re bottom of the league and we don’t want to be there.
“We need to get three points on the board and look forward.
“The meat and drink of this league is getting the points.
“It’s not always how you play. We saw last season when we aged teams who needed results – we didn’t always play well but we ended up winning 1-0 and 2-0.
“That’s what this league’s all about. It’s not always about playing well, it’s just about getting over the line.
“We need a lot of strong characters to get through that and get the three points.”
Stanley spent the second half of last season around the relegation zone, securing safety in the penultimate game.
Although there has been a change of manger, with Beattie replacing Leam Richardson in the summer, the squad is similar.
Beattie believed, with the addition of experienced players such as Danny Webber and the return of Nicky Hunt on a permanent deal from Rotherham, they could start to look towards the top end of the table this season.
But Aldred insists there is still confidence in the squad, despite falling to consecutive away defeats at Newport on the opening day, and Bury last weekend.
But with the benefit of a cup win at Boro and battling point at home to Portsmouth, the 22-year-old is not reading too much into a disappointing start.
“We’ve had two away defeats, Newport were a strong team and we struggled to deal with them physically,” said the former Carlisle and Colchester stopper. “The Bury game was one of those where if we scored the first goal it’s a different result.
“Certain things have changed on and off the field, although not dramatically.
“We’re all in that learning process but we’re all enjoying it and we’re looking forward and think we can have a successful season. There’s no reason to be disheartened.
“We just need a couple of results to get the confidence going and the belief, which I think is there, and then we can kick on.”
Comments are closed on this article.