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Accrington Stanley boss Cook: We must stop the rot

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ACCRINGTON Stanley manager Paul Cook admits his side must 'stop the rot' after their play-off chances took another big dent at Crewe Alexandra last night.

Late goals from Railwaymen duo Max Clayton and Luke Murphy condemned the Reds to their third straight defeat in League Two.

Stanley are now seven points off the play-offs, and without a goal in five hours of football, ahead of Saturday's trip to Swindon.

While the Reds boss saw an improvement in last night's display from the weekend thrashing at the hands of Plymouth, he admits a result is needed at the weekend.

"We've got to stop the rot, it's as simple as that," said Cook.

"When you take a new job, the anxiety spreads with each game, of course it does.

"But from Saturday to tonight, we improved a heck of a lot.

"The lads showed a great appetite for the game. I thought we played well tonight, so that pleased me."

Cook added: "You could see the players' shoulders go down the moment Crewe scored.

"But credit to Crewe, they are a good side. They moved the ball really well."

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11:43am Wed 22 Feb 12

accstan says...

The lads played much better last night & the results will come - of course if Cooky's first win happens to be at Swindon this weekend that would be fantastic as I don't think many people will think we have an earthly chance there - but time is on our side as we were in a great position before this little blip, and i'm sure that is all it is. Even if we don't make the play-offs this season (& truth to tell I'm not sure my nerves could stand it again if we did) at least we are almost certainly guaranteed to still be in the football league next season & when we lost half our squad at the end of the last one, most of us would have taken that as a bonus so to have that, when we have since lost our long standing management duo & captain mid season is ok by me
The lads played much better last night & the results will come - of course if Cooky's first win happens to be at Swindon this weekend that would be fantastic as I don't think many people will think we have an earthly chance there - but time is on our side as we were in a great position before this little blip, and i'm sure that is all it is. Even if we don't make the play-offs this season (& truth to tell I'm not sure my nerves could stand it again if we did) at least we are almost certainly guaranteed to still be in the football league next season & when we lost half our squad at the end of the last one, most of us would have taken that as a bonus so to have that, when we have since lost our long standing management duo & captain mid season is ok by me accstan
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