Date: 19th October 2008 at 6:31pm
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JOHN Coleman was a relieved man on Saturday evening after his Accrington Stanley side managed their first win in NINE games in all competitions, including eight in the league.

Coleman was a happy man at the full time whistle after watching Paul Mullin and Terry Gornell secure the three points for the Fraser Eagle Stadium outfit at Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road.

Coleman told ITV Sport: ‘It’s been a tough period but we can start enjoying football again now.

‘We have tried to remain upbeat and to continue working the way we normally do, but maybe the two new lads we’ve brought in this week has helped give us a lift.

‘The outlook certainly looks a lot more positive than it did a few weeks ago.

‘We got the goal early on and defended well in the first half. We had to lift ourselves and we got a bit edgy in the last 10 minutes but we deserved a bit of luck when they missed that chance late on.’

Stanley had been just 11 minutes from victory against Bradford City in East Lancashire last time out, with a 2-0 lead heading into the last ten minutes of the game, but City stormed back into the game scoring on the 80th, 83rd and 89th minutes to secure a fantastic turn around. And Coleman admitted that the memory was still in the minds of the Stanley players: ‘It hasn’t wiped out the memory of the defeat against Bradford, but we don’t want to wipe out that memory; we want to remember it and learn from it and start seeing games out.’