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'Enough chances to win five games'

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

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ACCRINGTON Stanley had enough chances to win five matches in their 2-2 draw with Cheltenham Town, according to boss Leam Richardson.

Richardson described his team's performance as one of their best of the season and he was particularly pleased with the way they responded to falling a goal down against the run of play.

"I thought we were fantastic and I'd go as far to say it's one of our best performances of the season, even though we didn't win the game," Richardson said.

"We were against a very strong and a very good team and we are disappointed we didn't win because we can't hide from the fact we need wins.

"A lot of people wouldn't have given us a chance, but all the lads from one to 11, the subs, the staff and the squad, all week up to 5pm Saturday were as good as it gets.

"Cheltenham will be on the bus wondering how they left with something and we had enough chances to have won five matches, but we'll take a lot of positives from it."

Richardson has called for unity from his team, who face a battle to preserve their Football League status.

"Through the team we ask everybody to be a man, stand up and take stock of where we are, pull together and don't play as individuals," he said.

"We become strong together and we did that - we didn't just match them, we were far superior."

Richardson had no complaints about Cheltenham's penalty, which was awarded for a trip on Jason Taylor by Mark Hughes, but he felt Accrington should have had an early spot kick themselves when Michael Hector challenged James Beattie in the box.

"I'm going to have to look at the decision for the penalty because if the referee gave it he would have to send their player off," he said. "If he's got it wrong I hope he holds his hands up because that sort of decision can affect people's lives.

"The other one was given for them and I have no complaints, but the reaction from the lads was fantastic.

"For the first half an hour we affected the game in good areas and to come back from the penalty and continue where we left off was pleasing."

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