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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Accrington Stanley

We take a closer look at this weekend's opponents

8 September 2017

The Blues’ Sky Bet League Two season continues this weekend with a trip to Lancashire to take on Accrington Stanley.

After a 1-1 draw with promotion hopefuls Mansfield Town last time out, Keith Curle will be hoping his side can build on that once again.

Both teams enjoyed successful 2016/17 campaigns, with Stanley narrowly missing out on a play-off place to the Cumbrians, and will be hoping to go one better this time around.

Indeed, Accrington have been real contenders in the league over the last two years with a string of impressive displays, and we cast our eye over the recent goings-on with John Coleman’s side. 

What's the odds on that? 

Sky Bet tip: Exactly two goals to be scored at 5/2.

Exactly two goals have been scored in both of Carlisle’s last two outings.

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Stanley Flying High

Accrington finished last season strongly, losing only twice in their final fourteen games as they rocketed up the table, so it’s been no surprise that they have picked up where they left off.

Coleman’s side currently sit third in Sky Bet League Two having racked up three wins from their opening five games.

The Lancashire outfit have also picked up an impressive Carabao Cup win against Preston North End, so will be high on confidence heading in to this meeting.

A win, coupled with other results, could see Stanley sit top come the end of play on Saturday and they will undoubtedly be keen to seize that opportunity.

In-Form Front-Man

One player United will have to watch carefully is striker Kayden Jackson, whose fine form at the start of the season earned him a nomination for Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month.

The 23-year-old joined from Barnsley in the summer and immediately impressed - netting four goals in his first four appearances at the Wham Stadium.

A goal nine minutes into his debut against Colchester was added to with a brace at Yeovil, before he struck again against Mansfield.

Jackson will now be hoping to continue his goal scoring streak.

What Does History Tell Us?

United have fared rather well in their meetings with Accrington over the years, triumphing on 31 occasions compared to Stanley’s 19 victories.

Recent form, however, has been mixed with the last five meetings between the two sides yielding three draws and one draw each.

The games tend to be entertaining affairs, too. Of the last seven meetings, only two of them haven’t seen both teams score. You need to go back to 1936 for the last time this fixture produced a goal-less draw.

Away Day Hoodoo

While United’s record against Accrington is impressive, their form at the Wham Stadium doesn’t make for particularly pleasant reading.

The last time the Blues won a league game at Accrington came way back in 2004/05 courtesy of a 2-1 win in the Conference - Andy Preece netting a second half brace to seal victory.

Since then, the Blues have failed to register a league win at Accrington, although they did pick up a 3-1 win at the Wham Stadium in the 2014/15 Football League Trophy.

Ones to Watch

+ Billy Kee - A Northern Irish international, the prolific Kee rejoined Stanley for a second spell in 2015 and immediately set about finding the back of the net. Over the last two seasons, the striker has found the net on 32 occasions and has proven himself as one of the best marksmen in Sky Bet League Two. He’ll need to be watched carefully on Saturday as he will undoubtedly pose a real attacking threat.

+ Janoi Donacien - Having spent time at Tottenham and Aston Villa as a youngster, Donacien came to Stanley with a great pedigree in the game and quickly impressed with some determined performances at the heart of the defence. Initially penning a short-term deal at the start of last sea-son, his impressive displays earned him a longer-term deal and he has justified that and now forms a key part of a resolute and difficult to break down backline.

Ones to Watch

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Accrington 3 - 0 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

9 September 2017

United were at the Wham Stadium to face Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon and it became a difficult day as unforced errors left them chasing the game.

Two first half defensive lapses left the Cumbrians with plenty to do, and an early second half goal for the hosts took the wind out of the visiting sails as Carlisle were left to ponder defensive mistakes as they left the Wham Stadium with nothing to show from their tough afternoon.

It was a tight start with defences on top but United almost found a way through when Bennett nodded a long ball down for Hope on the edge of the box. He played it back to Joyce but the flag went up when he tried to lay it off for Adams to strike.

Big forward Richie Bennett appeared to have done everything right when he skipped through two challenges inside the area with Carlisle enjoying some good moments. He drew the keeper off his line and clipped the ball across the face of goal but it had just too much on it and neither Hope nor Adams could finish it off.

An inch perfect ball over the top from Grainger was next to test Stanley as Lambe took it expertly on his toe inside the area. He waited for support from Adams and that gave the home side time to recover as they dealt with the cross.

The hosts broke quickly and McConville surprised everyone when he shot from distance as he angled his run inside. Bonham was beaten and mightily relieved to see it smash onto the top of his bar.

All of the impressive visiting play was undone in a moment when a kick out from Bonham was returned from whence it came with the simplest of headers which sent the ball straight back down the middle of the pitch. Forward Billy Kee was as shocked as anybody to find himself in so much space and he made no mistake as he calmly picked his spot.

Home tails were up and they enjoyed a good spell as they kept the action in the Carlisle half. A neat pass from Conneely left Clark with half a sight during the exchanges but his volley was blocked by Parkes.

Carlisle slowly started to work their way back into it and two passages of patient approach play brought deliveries from Adams which had to be watched. But it was Stanley who dealt a second blow just before the break when Jackson was awarded a free kick as he was chopped to the floor by Miller. Set piece specialist Sean McConville stepped up to take the free kick and he left Bonham with no chance as he swept an unstoppable effort into the back of the net.

The visitors went for a double substitution at the start of the second half, with Gary Liddle and Shaun Miller replacing Tom Miller and Richie Bennett, and United had renewed purpose in their play as they got the ball forward well.

Bonham had to react quickly when Jackson was played clean through by Kee and the keeper did enough to spread himself and nick the ball off the forward's toe.

The Cumbrians missed a great opportunity to get themselves back into it when Grainger put a reverse pass into the area for Adams to latch on to. He had the target at his mercy but he swung his leg wildly and the moment was gone.

Another Carlisle error handed Accrington their third goal when Jones lost the ball in his own half. McConville went at the back line at pace and left Bonham with no chance as he stroked a curling shot past the keeper's dive.

Grainger and Hope had half chances as United tried to make things happen, and Shaun Miller had a stinging shot saved at the near post as he played off Kennedy to work a way through.

Wilks angled a shot wide at the other end as play opened up, and Chapman had to punch a deep set piece from Adams behind with the action ebbing and flowing back and forth.

There was more for Bonham to do as Stanley came again but he came out on top for a second time in a one-on-one situation when he did well to stop Wilks in his tracks.

The keeper also had to tip a dipping free kick over the bar, but Carlisle ended brightly with Miller having a shot blocked and Ellis saw his header stopped on the line from a deep corner delivery.

Chapman somehow saved from Miller as the forward pulled the trigger at close range, and the home keeper did even better from the corner as he went full length to save a fierce Kennedy header. 

Stanley stood strong and preserved their first clean sheet of the season to leave the Blues with plenty to ponder as they headed back up the M6.



Accrington Stanley - Kee (17), McConville (43, 57)



Carlisle United - T Miller (41)



Accrington Stanley - Chapman, Hughes, Donacien, Nolan, Clark (Forbes 71), Jackson (Brown 81), McConville, Thorniley, Rawson, Conneely, Kee (Wilks 67). Subs - Wolland, Sykes, Ogle, Johnson.

Carlisle United - Bonham, T Miller (Liddle 46), Grainger, Joyce, Parkes (Kennedy 66), Jones, Hope, Adams, Bennett (S Miller 46), Ellis, Lambe. Subs - George, Devitt, Nabi, Etuhu.


Referee - David Webb

Attendance - 2,120 (786 away fans)

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