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Cook eager for another Stanley home win
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss Paul Cook wants his side to secure a second successive home win today as they bid to bounce back from Friday’s loss at Torquay United.
Stanley host League Two’s bottom club Hereford United, nine days after Will Hatfield’s late goal gave them a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon at the Crown Ground.
The Reds were beaten 1-0 at second-placed Torquay in their first fixture of the Easter weekend but Cook took great encouragement from the performance at Plainmoor and is hopeful of a result today.
“I think it will be a good game,” he said.
“Hereford will probably bring a good support and they’ll come on the front foot because they are fighting for their lives.
“But we’re looking for back-to-back wins at home, which is something we haven’t had yet and something we’re looking to do.”
“We played really well on Friday,” Cook added.
“For long spells I thought we were the better team, we were good all over the pitch and had some great performances. On another day we should have got something out of the game.
“We never accept getting beat, but as a manager if you play like that you’ll win a lot more than you lose.
“We have a chance to bounce back, a good home game, a Bank Holiday crowd and hopefully if we can go and get three points it will give everybody a lift at the club.”
Cook handed a full debut to youth team midfielder Ryan Hopper on Friday, after two substitute appearances, and was pleased with the 18-year-old’s performance.
“Young Ryan making his debut was a credit,” said the Reds boss. “He did really well, he was pleasing, he was off his front foot and it was a great debut for him.
“I think it’s important with our youth system and the energy that the young lads give you that we give them opportunities.
“I think it’s great credit to everyone at the club that we have the School of Excellence and if we can get one or two lads in the first team it doesn’t half help.”
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