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Bell expects great occasion

4 December 2016

Stanley assistant manager Jimmy Bell wants the team to put their league form to one side and attack today's FA Cup tie at Woking.

The Reds have found League Two wins hard to come by ahead of the second round trip to take on the National League side.

But having made round three of the EFL Cup earlier this season and narrowly losing to West Ham at the Olympic Stadium Bell feels this is a good opportunity to give everyone a boost.

“Possibly the cups suit us,” he said. “The results don't lie if you beat a Premier League team in Burnley and a top League One team in Bradford twice. We've done really well in those cups this season but we've also done well against the big sides in the league; the Blackpools, Notts Countys, Doncasters, Portsmouths and the like.

“We need consistency in the league. That's the only way you climb the table. In one off games it's different. We know we can beat anyone in a one off game. This will be a great occasion and we have to make sure that we turn up and hopefully get the result that we need.”

That result won't come easily though, with Woking on a fine run of form and scoring plenty of goals in contrast to Stanley who scored for the first time in five last time out against Yeovil.

Bell knows the Cards will provide a stern test but is backing his team to rediscover their form.

“We've had them watched in their last two games,” he explained. “They've got all the hallmarks of being a top team. We'll have to get the ball down and play our own game.

“Goals have been a problem lately but just look at what we have, people like Rommy Boco, Billy Kee, Terry Gornell, Shay McCartan and John O'Sullivan – there are goals in those players and goals in this team. I'm sure once we start getting on a run the confidence will come back for those players and they'll be flying again.”

A strong squad will head south for the tie, though Bristol City loanee Zak Vyner is doubtful after he was stretchered off against Yeovil.

“Zak's had a range of tests and seen specialists and at the moment we'd have to call him a doubt as he's still waiting for all of those results,” said Bell. “If those results come back and it's all clear then we'll see. Janoi Donacien is still recovering from surgery but should only be another ten days or so.”

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