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INTERVIEW: Andy looking forward to going home

Reds take on Newport County with one eye on next season

8 April 2024


INTERVIEW: Andy looking forward to going home

Reds take on Newport County with one eye on next season

8 April 2024

Andy Dibble says he and manager John Doolan have one eye on the future but they still want to finish on a high, starting with a trip to Newport County tomorrow night.

Stanley secured their League Two status with the goalless draw against Crewe on Saturday and now have four away trips before their final home game of the campaign against Tranmere Rovers.

County - who Stanley beat 3-0 in the opening game of the campaign - are in 16th place, four points ahead of the Reds, but have lost their last four games.

"We still want to get results in the last five games," said the Goalkeeping Coach who is currently assisting Doolan in all areas of management.

"We can take strengths from Saturday, we kept a clean sheet against Crewe, what I base a lot of things on being a Goalkeeping Coach, and now we need to go away and score some goals.

"Clean sheets are vital. In 2017 when Accrington Stanley got promoted, I was proudly working at Cardiff City and, to get promoted to the Premier League, we kept 20 clean sheets and so did Accrington Stanley.

"Any team going forward at this level, you need a minimum of 15 clean sheets and that’s what we will be aiming for next season."

Doolan is assessing his squad and making decisions on contracts for next season but the 18th placed Reds could still have a top half of the table finish with a few wins.

"John has taken to management really well," continued Dibble. "And we are all having a bit more involvement. He is thorough - he knows what he wants from the team, the staff, from everybody.

"At the moment, the players have all got to show what they can do on the field and give their all for remaining five games.

"John and I never stop talking about contracts, we have our start date of June 27th where we want to assemble a squad to take the club forward.

"We are looking at players from all leagues and all levels. I love looking for players, goalkeeper is obviously the one I look for, but I am helping John with outfield players as well and we have targets for next season.

"When I look to the future, I see only good things throughout the club."

While Newport is a long trip from Accrington, former Welsh international ‘Dibs’ is excited about going home.

"It's a local one for me. Cardiff City and Newport County were the teams I followed as a boy.

"I will get to see my family, my mum and dad, and I am back on home turf.

"It will be difficult, they are a strong physical team. We saw that in first game of season, we were fortunate to beat them 3-0 although they gave a good account of themselves.

"They lost their last four but we have no doubts it will be tough."

After being out since December following a hip operation, Matt Lowe made his return to first team action on Saturday off the bench and may get a longer stint tomorrow night.

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