Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman relieved to see gamble pay off in win at Mansfield Town


Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman was relived to see his positive, bold second half substitution win the day and shoot his side back into the play-offs with yesterday’s 3-2 win at Mansfield Town.

Against the run of play, the Stags had hit back to level at 1-1 and were taking over the game.

So, away from home, Coleman bravely gambled on taking off a defender and sending on Terry Gornell who then made a goal and scored one.

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“We could have been out of sight in the first 15 to 20 minutes as we created some good chances,” he said.

“We played some great football, but then gave an absolute calamity of a goal away.

“Mansfield then stepped up their game and got the crowd behind them and gave as good as they got for the next 20 minutes.

“They started the second half a lot better than us and were the better team for 20 or 25 minutes.”

Coleman admitted: “We had a choice, whether to try to hold out for a draw or try to win the game.

“I am a firm believer in always trying to take all three points so we took a defender off and put a centre forward on.

“It paid dividends for us. Terry (Gornell) had a hand in the second goal and scored the third.

“Sometimes things go for you when you make a decision like that. It could have easily backfired.

“We should have seen the game out more comfortably. We were hanging on (at the end) when the game should never have got to that stage in terms of the chances we created.”