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Finley: It’s a big achievement

Stanley’s midfielder discusses making his 50th appearance for the club

6 September 2019

Accrington Stanley midfielder Sam Finley admitted that making his 50th appearance for the club in the 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons was a brilliant feeling, and that he would have been happy to have just made the one league appearance in his career.

Finley joined the club from non-league AFC Fylde in the summer of 2018 and has since become a regular in John Coleman’s side.

"It's a big achievement, it's flew by to be honest.

"I got a few texts congratulating me but you don't realise when you're playing.

"For me it's just great having one league appearance, with coming from non-league."

The win over Milton Keynes secured the club’s first win of the season and a win over Fleetwood Town just three days later have certainly improved the mood in the camp according to Finley.

“The mood in the camp is better than what it was, it wasn't bad anyway, and we knew when we got the first win that we'd kick on.

"It's been similar to the start of last season and it was great to get the first win on Saturday.

“The gaffer said after the game on Saturday that if we had already won then we probably would have gone on to score four or five and he was right about that.

"It's good to get back to winning ways and that winning mentality."

Stanley had a busy transfer deadline day as Coleman brought in three new faces, and Finley admitted that he was looking forward to seeing the new signings in training and that there can’t be any complaints with having a big squad.

"We met a couple of the other lads in the changing room on Tuesday for the first time.

"They seem good lads and they're all big lads, they're very tall, and it'll be good to see them in training.

“We didn't have the biggest squad last season and I think it might have shown with injuries.

"You're going to get injuries and you need enough replacements who are good enough, it's always healthy to have competition."

Stanley face Bristol Rovers this Saturday and Finley hopes the side can make it three wins on the bounce, and then the summer signings will have to perform their initiation songs.

"The new lads still haven't had to do it yet.

"Hopefully we'll get a win on Saturday, and as the gaffer says it'll be a party bus on the way home and the new lads will get up on the microphone."

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