Accrington Stanley were amongst everyone’s favourites for relegation this season.
The unfancied side won League Two, but their lack of resources was thought to be a hinderance to any progress they might make in the third tier. The bigger league brings bigger teams with far bigger budgets, but far from floundering, they’ve thrived.
They’re currently 10th, higher than all of the promoted sides and tucked in nicely for a play off assault. Midfielder Sean McConville, a Stanley veteran almost 230 outings, believes they’re settling in nicely.
“The belief has grown,” said the 29-year-old recently. “Stepping up you don’t know what to expect, everyone doesn’t know what to expect, it’s a massive step but we have taken to it really well, but we have got to start turning draws into wins. There is nothing to be afraid of.”
They drew 1-1 at Fleetwood this weekend and McConville believes that proves they’re here for the right reasons.
“If you look at that Fleetwood team, they went to Sunderland and deserved to win and Sunderland are one of the best teams in this league supposedly. They have gone and dominated Sunderland, we have then dominated them.”
John Coleman has produced a side that is unbelievable considering their means. They work hard, fight for each other and have proven they’re a match for anyone on their day.
If the squad can get through the winter intact, there’s no reason they can’t battle in the top six come the end of April.