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Captain: Focus on moving up

5 February 2019

Captain Seamus Conneely knows it's a crucial time in Stanley's season as they focus on moving back up the League One table.

The 15th placed Reds are 13 points off the top six and just four points off the bottom places but have games in hand on the majority of the teams around them.

The home game with Blackpool was postponed on Saturday due to the frozen pitch and now the focus is on two away trips – to Scunthorpe this Saturday and promotion-chasing Sunderland a week on Friday night.

“We are at a crossroads at the moment – we know which way we want our season to go but it can go one of two ways,” said Conneely as Stanley are looking for their first league win in 2019.

“We know we need to get back onto a winning run, the gaffer always says the hardest part of getting on a run is starting it and hopefully, once we get one win under our belts, we can kick on.

“At the moment one or two things aren't going our way but we hope to turn that around.”

It has been a battle in midfield recently but Conneely has been back in the last two games – Derby in the FA Cup and Gillingham – and has done well.

“It's not easy sitting on the bench and watching, especially when you have been used to playing regularly over the last few seasons, but you always know you will get your chance and you have to be ready to come in and hit the ground running and hopefully I have.

“We know we need to score goals, it's tough at the moment as the chances aren't going in but we know our luck will change soon.

“We had a strong strike force and we have added QPR loan striker Paul Smyth to the team. I roomed with him at Gillingham and he is a great lad. On the pitch, he is fast and nippy and gives us something we are perhaps missing up front. Hopefully he will score the goals to send us up the league.”

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