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Bell: It should be a really good game

Stanley's assistant manager admits the mood in the camp has changed

5 September 2019

Accrington Stanley assistant manager Jimmy Bell admitted ahead of the trip to face Bristol Rovers that the mood in the camp has improved after two wins in four days, and that this weekend's game has the making to be a really good game.

Stanley made three deadline day signings on Monday and Bell now believes that the squad is healthy and offers good competition for places.

"We had a very busy deadline day, players became available and we've got a limited budget, and we've packed the squad out now.

"It should stay open even longer, but a few weeks give you a chance to assess what you've got.

"We've got a healthy squad now, and we've got good competition."

Saturday's victory over Milton Keynes Dons and Tuesday's win against Fleetwood Town have ensured that the mood in the camp has altered and Bell explained that the players have showed a lot more resilience in the past two games.

"We've had two good results this week, and the mood in the camp is a lot different to the first few weeks.

"If you're playing well it'll eventually turn, we weren't playing bad but we found a way to lose games.

"We showed a lot more resilience, a lot more know how of how to win a game and smell danger when you're in front."

The win over Fleetwood came in the Trophy and Bell was happy that both sides fielded strong sides during Tuesday night's game.

"We always want to win and we'll always put out a team that's competitive.

"It was good to see both teams going for it in a competition that a lot of managers don't always take seriously."

Stanley face Bristol Rovers on Saturday and Bell expects both teams to make it a really good game for the supporters.

"We've got a fantastic record against them, but that counts for nothing.

"We will tell the players that and we'll go with a system and a style to try and beat the way they play.

"They're a strong team, they've got a great crowd and a magnificent stadium and pitch.

"With all that, it should be a really good game."

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