Accrington boss John Coleman not surprised by Paddy Lacey's winner

Accrington boss John Coleman not surprised by Paddy Lacey's winner

John Coleman admitted it was not a shock to see Paddy Lacey hit a 20-yard wonder-strike which gave Stanley a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth.

Midfielder Lacey was making his League debut, so most Stanley fans did not know what to expect from the 23-year-old.

But, having been called into the starting line-up to replace the sick Scott Brown just before kick-off, Lacey made the most of it by firing a fine strike into the roof of the net after 51 minutes.

The game was poor with very few chances. Pompey's best opening came as early as the third minute when former Stanley player Gary Roberts fired just wide.

Pompey defender Christian Burgess almost scored an own goal, heading against his own post in the first half but neither keeper was seriously tested in the 90 minutes with David Forde not standing a chance with Lacey's effort.

"It wasn't a shock to us to see Paddy score that kind of goal," said Coleman. "We have seen him do it in training and in behind-closed-doors games.

"We know he is capable of that and it was a goal worthy of winning any game.

"I didn't really enjoy the match, it wasn't a good game and both teams cancelled each other out.

"We weren't a threat in the first half, apart from hitting the bar from their player, and we had a few words at half-time to be more of an attacking threat and I think we shaded the second half.

"We had a bit of luck with Gary missing that early chance and it was always going to take one moment of quality to change the game and thankfully it fell to us."

Paul Cook was not happy with his team's performance.

"There wasn't a great deal in the game and you have got to give Accrington credit and they probably deserved it.

"From us, it wasn't good enough and that's the reality of it. We were lacklustre, it wasn't what we are about and as a manager I take the blame.

"The game was lacking in quality and we weren't at it. We have lost two out of the last four away games and I think, through the whole of last season, we didn't lose four in 20 games.

"The fans went home disappointed and I understand it as they pay to watch the games, but the players are not machines. They have won four games on the bounce and we are disappointed today, but that's football and we go again."

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