Date: 31st March 2007 at 10:18am
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Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has spoke of his delight at avoiding a possible points deduction that would have plunged Stanley to the bottom of League Two.

Stanley picked up a £12,000 fine, following a breach of the Football League’s rules. Stanley fielded youngster Chris McGrail, who was on a work-experience loan from Preston North End with Stanley. The second breach is having goalkeeper Martin Fearon on the bench for the Wrexham game, in which he played no part at all.

Fears were growing over a possible points deduction, which at this point in the season Stanley cannot afford to recieve. But thankfully the Football League decided not to take their punishment that far.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph Coleman said: ‘It’s pleasing not to get a points deduction at this stage and we’ve now just got to concentrate on getting enough points to keep us in the League.

‘We think the punishment is reflective of the offences that we’ve committed.

‘We haven’t set out to deceive anybody from day one and that’s always been the case.’

‘We admitted our guilt, we know we made a mistake. That was never an issue.’

Now the hearing is out of the way, John Coleman can concentrate 100% on getting Stanley up and away from the bottom two.

‘It’s not a case of being delighted. We’ve had a fair hearing and we’ve just got to get on with playing football, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. It’s certainly been a bit more stressful for administration staff at the club and they’ve felt things a lot more than I have.’

‘We’ve got a lot of hard work on from now until the end of the season.

‘Don’t forget, we are about to play the team who are second in the league and that’s going to cause its own problems.

‘We are in a scrap with six or seven other teams and it’s going to be a really exciting time – not just for us but for everybody.

‘I don’t think League Two has had such a tense relegation battle in recent years, so it should pan out to make some really good football. And I hope we can do ourselves justice.

‘At the moment, I’m pleased with the set of lads I’ve got to go into war for the last seven games.’

Come on Stanley!!!

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