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Alese: We thrive when we're the underdog

Stanley defender Aji Alese previews Saturday's game with Coventry

31 October 2019

Accrington Stanley defender Aji Alese is looking forward to hopefully causing an upset this weekend when the Reds travel away to face Coventry City.

Alese helped the Reds to secure a 5-2 win over Liverpool Under-21s in their last outing, a win that the defender feels was necessary.
 
“It’s always good to be out on the pitch and every time I get out there is an opportunity.
 
“We needed to get the win and this could be the start to move forward into the next game.”
 
The West Ham United loanee joined the club on transfer deadline day and he admitted that he has settled in very well since making the move up from London.
 
“I think the time between me coming here and starting give me enough time to settle in and see how the club works.
 
“London is far from here so it’s been difficult but I’ve settled in well.
 
“On the pitch you’re playing against men and off the pitch you’re learning to live away from home.
 
“People my age are going to university so it’s a similar thing for me now.”
 
During recent games, Stanley haven't been getting the results that the performances have deserved but Alese knows that there is still a long way to go in the season and that a lot of points are still available.
 
“The performances we’ve been putting in do warrant better results but we’ve got to be patient.
 
“You just need to remember that it’s a long season and the league hasn’t ended yet, and that we need to pick up the points.”
 
This weekend's game will be played at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium and the defender is hoping that the club thrives as the underdog on Saturday afternoon.
 
“St Andrews is a wonderful stadium, and it’s a stadium that anyone would like to play at.
 
“We thrive when we’re the underdog, when people look at us as little Accrington.”
 
Alese represents England at Under-19 level and he is hoping to continue impressing for both the Reds and the national team.
 
“What I’m hoping to gain is hopefully as many matches as I can and help push the club up the table.
 
“Internationally, I’d hope to be selected for the next under-19s camp.”

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