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"Team effort": Richards-Everton

15 January 2018

Defender Ben Richards-Everton has paid tribute to his teammates following their third clean sheet in a row at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The 2-0 win at Whaddon Road was enough to see Stanley move back up into the automatic promotion places.

The centre-back insists clean sheets start from the front, and hopes that the Reds can use the momentum they've built in the last three games, as the season approaches the business end.

“Kayden [Jackson] and Billy [Kee] pressed the life out of them,” he said. “They never gave them a second to rest on the ball or to pick their passes out. For us as a back four, it helps when they're on it. It was a brilliant all around team performance and a great result for us.

“Momentum always has a massive part to play in this league, both winning and losing a run of games. When you lose games your heads go down and you start thinking when's our next win going to be?

“But we didn't stop believing in each other, we all got one another going again. We went back to basics and now we're getting the results that we deserve and moving back into the position we know we should be in.

“As a team we're playing a lot better now than we had been a few months ago, the hard work is definitely paying off.”

Richards-Everton believes on their day, Accrington can beat any team in Sky Bet League Two, and has urged his side to keep picking up the wins and the clean sheets that they need, to cement their grip on the automatic places.

“We can't think too much about where we are in the league just yet,” said the defender. “We don't want to put too much pressure on ourselves at this stage.

“But we're capable of beating anyone in this league, I don't care what anyone says. We've put ourselves into a healthy position now, with a game in hand too.”

Following four new additions last week, Richards-Everton believes that competition for places can only benefit the Stanley squad going forward.

“It can be healthy for everybody,” he added. “If boys are coming in in your position, then you're always going to be battling for that starting shirt, no one is guaranteed to start, so we have to perform.”

Words by Joe O'Neill


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