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McConville: We will turn it around

16 December 2018

Sean McConville says this season's poor run is different to last season's – and he believes they will turn it around sooner rather than later.

Last December, the Reds lost four League Two games on the bounce but it didn't stop Stanley charging to the title.

This time, John Coleman's side have lost four League One matches on the trot but the winger knows the performances are a lot better and results should follow.

After yesterday's 3-0 loss at Southend, McConville said: “We are creating chances and we are playing well.

“If you take last season, when we were on a bad run, we were playing poorly, but we went back to the drawing board, played Grimsby and were solid, played off second balls and won.

“This time, we don't feel we have to do that because we are comfortably the better team in games, we are creating chances.

“On performance levels, we are playing well but we are not picking up any points and it's tough.

“People who are watching us would say we are playing well but results-wise it's not good enough. I think it will eventually turn with our performances and that's what we are hoping.”

Southend was frustrating as Stanley had five good chances in the first half and didn't take them, and the Shrimpers took their two with Connor Ripley pulling off a great save to deny them what would have been a harsh third before the break.

“We were the better team here comfortably, we created five great chances in the first half and we haven't taken them," said McConville.

“Their first two chances they had, they have scored and then they had one late on which Connor has made a great save from.

“It's strange at the moment. We are playing well but we aren't scoring and we are conceding silly, soft goals.

“We have got to work on taking those chances as forward players and be ruthless and, as a defensive unit, the goals we have conceded yesterday and the chances we have given up are sloppy at best and it's not good enough.

“We are having bad luck, it plays a massive part in football, but we have got to take luck out of the equation and be better technically in front of goal.

“We were looking at the Play-Offs and everything looking rosy and then all of a sudden a couple more defeats and we are looking over our shoulders.”

McConville says that they are noticing the step up more with the strong finishing of League One forwards.

“In this league, teams at the top end are more clinical. If this game had been in League Two, we could have created chances and missed, gone in 0-0 at half-time if they haven't taken their two and teams in League Two tended not to as much.

“But at this level you have prolific strikers, you have very good players, who are sharp, they don't miss chances.

“That's what we need to get into our forward players, be more ruthless, and as a senior player I believe it will change, if we keep creating them.”


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