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It's business as usual: Stephenson

15 September 2014

IT'S business as usual for Paul Stephenson as he looks to make it a hat-trick of wins for Accrington Stanley.

Stephenson is the interim boss following James Beattie's departure last Friday and takes charge of his second game for tomorrow's trip to Oxford United.

Stephenson has a fully fit squad to choose from and, following on from victories over Tranmere and AFC Wimbledon, another three points could see the Reds move towards mid-table.

“It's been a bit different with everything that has happened but the most important thing is that the lads put in a performance on Saturday and got a good result,” said Stephenson.

“One thing that never stops is the fixtures and we keep ploughing on and look forward to Oxford now.

“They are a great bunch of lads here and we have got two wins but we know one swallow doesn't make a summer. However, we are now getting the results, we are on a run and need to keep it going.

“I don't know what my future position will be, that's still unclear, but until I have been told otherwise I will be a professional and I will be 100% committed.

“I will prepare the team as always and we will go with a plan to beat Oxford.

“At the moment I am interim manager and everyone has to crack on and get the results.”

Asked if he wanted the manager's role full-time, Stephenson admitted: “That's not something I have thought about. I will let the players do the talking. If they want that, they will do their talking on the pitch.”

Oxford haven't yet won a league game this season but Stephenson knows that his Stanley side will have to be wary.

“Oxford have had a resurgence recently and their performance levels have risen and they will feel like a result will come like we did a few weeks ago,” continued Stephenson.

“But they will not relish coming up against an Accrington side who are on a run and we are determined to continue the momentum.

“The players are fully focused on just one thing– not who gets the job whether it's me, a previous manager or a brand new manager. All we can do is affect the Oxford game and that will take up our full concentration.”


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