Adkins’ Accrington appraisal

Manager Nigel Adkins spoke to CharltonTV following his side’s 3-2 defeat against Accrington Stanley in SE7 on Tuesday night.

Harry Pell fired the visitors ahead with an outstanding free-kick from range on nine minutes, before the Addicks levelled proceedings soon after the half-hour mark thanks to a David Morgan own goal. However, two quickfire goals from Pell and Ethan Hamilton after the interval restored Stanley’s advantage, with captain Jayden Stockley’s strike 12 minutes from time ultimately going unrewarded.

“Well obviously it’s a poor result for us,” Adkins told CharltonTV. “We’ve started the second-half really well; Corey Blackett-Taylor has got us off on the front foot. Until they’ve scored we’re in it, we’re the team dominating really. It’s a poor goal. We’ve stopped the player coming into the penalty area and there’s a player in the box, just mark your man and he leaves him. 

“And then all of a sudden the game changes,” he added. “We’ve pushed and pushed, we had a few kicked off the line. The players showed a lot of spirit in the second-half.

“I’m disappointed with the first-half, I alluded to it in the programme notes, we knew Accrington Stanley under John Coleman, the way they are,” explained Adkins. “They are a big side, they get the ball forward. Yes, they will settle to play out from the back and if you allow them they will. It’s a competitive game.”

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