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Sam: Glad to be back

21 February 2019

Sam Finley can't wait to get back on a football pitch after sitting out his five-game ban.

The 26-year-old was sent off retrospectively for an incident in the 1-0 loss at Charlton on January 19th.

He has been sidelined as Stanley have come out of a bad run over Christmas and the new year to draw at Sunderland and chalk up their first win in seven league games against Oxford United on Tuesday.

The midfielder is back available for Saturday's home game against Southend.

“I am looking forward to it,” said Sam. “I have always loved football since I was five years old, I have always kicked a ball, so to stop me doing a job I love was hard to take, it was terrible.

“It's lessons learnt as I missed some big games, like Derby in the FA Cup on BT Sport and Sunderland live on Sky. That killed me.

“It is hard as I have talked to a number of managers, players and my agent but if you take aggression and hunger out of my game, I won't be the same player.

“I have just got to learn to keep it in check.”

Finley knows he will have to fight for his place as the Reds have picked up in the last two games.

“I was heavily involved in the bad patch we had over Christmas and the new year, something the gaffer says seems to happen every year at Accrington.

“We started the season well, we were on a crest of a wave following promotion, but we have had a reality check.

“Recent results have been massive for us and we have scored six goals in two games after we hadn't scored from Boxing Day through to February so hopefully that's a turning point and we can finish the season strongly.”

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