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Alese: It's very important we pick ourselves up

Stanley defender Aji Alese previews Saturday's trip to face Burton Albion

23 January 2020

Ahead of Saturday's game, Accrington Stanley defender Aji Alese admitted that the club's poor run of form has to come to an end when they face Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Reds suffered a 2-1 defeat to Salford City on Tuesday night in the Leasing.com Trophy Quarter-Final, a fourth defeat in five games.

"It's very important we pick ourselves up, as Tuesday night was a game we thought we should have won."

John Coleman's side went unbeaten through the whole of December, and Alese knows the importance of getting on a good run at this stage of the season.

"The gaffer always says that when you get on a run then it's easy to stay on it."

Stanley's last league win came against Burton Albion in December, and the centre-back expects that result to give the squad confidence going into the game.

"Knowing that we've already beaten them can give us confidence going into the game.

"If everyone is giving 100%, then that's all you can do."

Alese has operated at left-back in the last two games as cover for the injured Jerome Opoku, and the 19-year-old explained that he's had to adapt to his new role.

"You never know when you're going to get called upon.

"We all need to be ready to go onto the pitch when asked to do so.

"It's not that unusual because I've played there in the past.

"I've had to adapt and it's different to playing at centre-half, but I'm enjoying it."


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