The Opposition: Morecambe v Accrington Stanley

John Coleman.
John Coleman.

Old rivals Accrington Stanley are the first visitors to the Globe Arena in League 2 this season as The Shrimps look for victory at the 17th attempt on Saturday.

Manager

John Coleman

Former Shrimps striker needs no introduction. The 52-year-old returned to the Crown Ground for a second spell as manager in September 2014 and guided Stanley to 17th in the table. Once again written off by the bookies, Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell will be looking to ensure Accrington are back for an 11th season in the Football League in 12 months time.

Key Man

Josh Windass

The son of former Hull and Bradford front man Dean, the 21-year-old midfielder has continued the fine form he showed at the end of last season. Former Huddersfield youngster is only getting better and will be a key man for Coleman this season.

Form

Stanley were denied an opening day win over Luton by a fortunate late leveller from Jonathan Smith. Accrington had looked like picking up all three points after Windass’ penalty. Coleman’s men then ran Hull City close in the first round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, the game finishing 2-2 before the Tigers prevailed 4-3 on penalties.

History

The teams have been in the Football League together for eight seasons meaning The Shrimps have gone 16 games without a league win. They have a solitary 2-0 win in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to show for their efforts.

Possible line-up

Mooney, Pearson, Winnard, Davies, Buxton, Crooks, Conneely, Mingoia, Windass, McConville, Gornell.

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