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Match Preview: Accrington Stanley

8 August 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview: Accrington Stanley

8 August 2022

After two opening league games, attention turns to the Carabao Cup for Rovers this Tuesday with a trip to face League One side Accrington Stanley.

Defeats against Stevenage and Mansfield have left Micky Mellon’s side needed a win to kick-start the 22/23 season and it’s a quick turnaround from Saturday’s loss as attention moves straight onto the cup tie.

Stanley haven’t lost yet this campaign, drawing 2-2 on the opening day against Charlton Athletic before getting a 1-0 win away at Shrewsbury Town.

Being league one opposition, it’s not an easy first cup tie of the new campaign, but Micky will have the lads raring to go as they look to cause an upset.

Team News:

On Saturday, Micky Mellon said that Rovers would assess the fitness of Jordan Turnbull, Ben Hockenhull and Joel Mumbongo.

Charlie Jolley, Tom Davies and Kieron Morris all remain sidelined.

One to Watch: Sean McConville

Born in Liverpool, McConville began his career at Skelmersdale United before moving to Accrington for his first spell at the Wham Stadium.

After playing over 70 games for Accrington, he moved around the North featuring for a number of clubs such as Stockport County, Rochdale, Barrow, Stalybridge Celtic and Chester.

But in 2015, the midfielder made a return to Stanley where he has been an ever-present. Making over 250 more appearances, he has signed multiple contract extensions and still features regularly, featuring in both games so far this year.

He’s already scored this year in the opening day 2-2 draw with Charlton, and should he chosen for selection on Tuesday night, he’ll be keen to add to that tally as he approaches 400 games in a red shirt.

Manager: John Coleman

Over a 20-year long playing career, Coleman was a non-league player featuring for a long list of clubs including the likes of Southport, Macclesfield Town and Lancaster City.

He then started his managerial career at Ashton United over two seasons before taking over at Accrington in 1999 and staying until 2012, being the third-longest serving manger in English football behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

He left Stanley to become Rochdale manager but after spells at Rochdale, Southport and Sligo Rovers, he returned to Accrington in 2014 and has remained manager ever since. 

Match Coverage:

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You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

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Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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