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INTERVIEW: Seamus eyes hitting 50 points tomorrow

Reds look to build on win as they entertain Notts County

15 March 2024


INTERVIEW: Seamus eyes hitting 50 points tomorrow

Reds look to build on win as they entertain Notts County

15 March 2024

Seamus Conneely says hitting that 50-point target tomorrow will be a big positive as Accrington Stanley take on Notts County at the Wham Stadium.

The much-needed 2-1 win against Swindon Town midweek has taken 15th-placed Stanley to 49 points and given John Doolan his first victory as Interim Manager.

The Magpies come to the Wham Stadium having dropped out of the Play-Off places in January to 17th in League Two and are currently on a run of five successive defeats.

Captain Conneely returned to action on Tuesday, off the bench, after being out since mid-February with an injury, and hopes to help the Reds to a second successive win tomorrow.

Conneely said: "It was nice to be back, it's not nice to be watching games from the stand and I was anxious to get back involved.

"My rehab went well and I messaged John Doolan on Monday to say I was ready for Tuesday.

"I thought we played well at Swindon. They started well, we weathered the storm but, in the second half of first half and in the second half, we came on strong.

"Shaun Whalley won a penalty and then there was Alex Henderson with a superb finish - to score any goal from 25 yards means needs to catch it perfectly and he did that.

"We were all anxious to get that first win for John Doolan.

"He has been a one-man band trying to do everything, preparing sessions, set pieces all the things you usually share among a coaching staff he has been doing on his own.

"Any time a manager comes in you want to get that first win, the longer it goes on the more anxious it becomes. We have now cleared that hurdle and look forward to last nine games of the season."

As one of the senior players, Conneely has been trying to help as Doolan took Interim charge with the departure of John Coleman and Jimmy Bell.

"He has asked me, Shaun Whalley, and Sean McConville a few questions.

"Any time he has picked our brain we have given him our opinion as it's always good to get a second opinion as you might see things a bit differently but my main focus has been getting right to play.

"It was a strange first few days without John and Jimmy on the training pitch but not a lot has changed.

"John Doolan took a lot of coaching anyway so we are used to his voice, his ideas and his standards, how he likes a player to behave and perform so that’s not too different."

Conneely continued: "Tomorrow we want to get over 50 points - that's always a target - and move further ahead of Notts County as they are below us at the moment.

"With nine games to go we will probably have to win seven or eight to make the Play-Offs which is an ask but it's still a target.

"I know it’s a cliché, but we take it one game at a time, and try and win as many as we can between now and the end of the season."

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