Date: 17th October 2008 at 6:03pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley’s Republic of Ireland Under 21s International midfielder Jimmy Ryan believes that the Reds are more than a match for any team in League Two despite the club’s dire record.

Stanley have just two league wins to their name this season with a record of no wins in eight to run alongside it, but Ryan believes that every game John Coleman’s boys have been in this season have been tough even games.

Ryan said speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph: “I don`t think there has been any team in this division that we`ve played, even though they have won, that has given us a very tough game.

“Obviously it has been tough but I don`t think any of them have played us off the park in any way, shape or form.

“I think we`ve competed with them in nearly every game. It`s just a matter of goals going in, taking chances and little defensive errors. That`s it.

“The way we`ve played hasn`t justified our scores. But it`s a long season so hopefully we`ll pick up more results, particularly playing the way were doing.’

The former Liverpool and Shrewsbury man was also quick to praise manager Coleman’s decision to send the boys back out onto the Fraser Eagle surface five minutes before the referees bell at the weekend against Bradford City.

Stanley headed into the half time break with a 1-0 lead thanks to Ryan’s effort but Stanley’s scouse chief told the boys to go back out for a quick five-a-side game before the restart to regain a sharp mental state.

On this occasion it didn’t work in Stanley’s favour in the end but in the earlier stages of proceedings it looked like it had done the job. Stanley were straight out of the blocks to race to a 2-0 lead thanks to Tranmere loanee Terry Gornell, but three goals in ten minutes condemned Stanley to defeat.

“Sometimes we think sitting in the dressing room for 15 or 20 minutes gets you a bit lethargic.’ Ryan continued.

“So we just wanted to get out there, get the blood going again and maybe start the second half sharper, which we did and got a goal early on, so obviously it worked.”

Speaking about the drill manager John Coleman added: “We started the second half better than that so maybe it did. But we finished it badly.”