Accrington Stanley defender Jerome Opoku admitted that on a personal note it was good to make his start for the club in the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland, but that as a team they need to be better and start to defend properly as a collective.
Opoku came on as a substitute against Bristol Rovers, with his first start for John Coleman’s side coming in the defeat to The Black Cats, and he explained how the team expect to defend better in the upcoming games.
“On a personal note, I was delighted to get the start and get 90 minutes under my belt so it was good, but as a team we expect to do better, so now it’s about focusing on the next game on Tuesday and getting the win.
“We didn’t group together and defend properly, so now I think we’re just looking at how to tighten up the back four and as a collective to just defend properly and deal with them little mistakes that we’re making.”
The Fulham loanee’s primary position is as a centre-back, but he’s operated at left-back since joining the Reds, and Opoku admits that he’s happy to do a job wherever the manager wants him to.
“I’ll play wherever the manager really wants me to play, and I’ve played left-back a couple of times, obviously my main position is at centre-back but I’ll do a job there also, so that doesn’t phase me at all.”
Stanley’s next game is an away trip to face Wycombe Wanderers, and Opoku knows it will be a tough game, but that the team will be going with a positive mentality.
“It’s going to be a tough one but I think the lads and the manager, we all know what we’ve got to do now and he’s told us for a while, so we’re just going to get the three points and go there with a positive mindset, forget about this and just try and get the win.”