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INTERVIEW: Brannan hoping to achieve league and cup double

Stanley will host Burnley in the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup on Monday evening

8 April 2022

With a league and cup double still very much a possibility, Accrington Stanley Under-23s manager Ged Brannan is hoping his side can make it a maiden season to remember.

The Reds host Burnley in the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup on Monday evening and the former midfielder is relishing the prospect of collecting a piece of silverware.

"We're really excited that we could win the league and cup in our first year, but it's really for the lads to progress and to get into the first team.

"That's our main objective and we've done that this year, and to top it off by getting to a final and be in with a chance of winning the league on the final day of the season is absolutely fantastic."

Following the impact of COVID-19 on the last two seasons, Stanley entered the Central League for the first time this year and Brannan is delighted with the progress of his players.

"Myself and Andy (Gray) are both really proud and our expectations for this season have certainly been exceeded.

"We recruited some good players in the summer from Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and Rochdale, and they've all come in and done absolutely brilliant from day one."

The Under-23s fixtures have also allowed many first team players to gain valuable minutes throughout the duration of the campaign.

"It's great that the gaffer gives us the opportunity to mix some of the first team players with our Under-23s lads. It makes our team really strong and to be fair they've all come in with exceptional attitudes.

"We've all been there and it's hard to go from the first team to the Under-23s, but they have all put a brave face on and responded brilliantly."

Monday night's game will be the third Under-23s fixture to be played at the Wham Stadium so far this season, with Brannan's side having already defeated both Walsall and Huddersfield Town.

"It gives the lads a lift and we've done well when we've played at the Wham, but this is going to be the first one under the floodlights.

"Hopefully we'll get a decent turnout and it'll be a good atmosphere. I'm really looking forward to it."

Tickets for Monday night's Lancashire FA Senior Cup semi-final against Burnley are available to purchase online and from the retail shop up until kick-off.

  • Adults - £5
  • Concessions - £5
  • Under-16s - £5

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