Date: 7th February 2014 at 4:33pm
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Accrington’s assistant manager Paul Stephenson has said that after the season we have had in the league, the players have to ensure that their attitude and mentality are right are we edge nearer to the end of the current campaign, and each player individually has to be ready to step up and play their part to the best of their abilities when they are called upon – irrespective of how and when they get on the pitch.

Speaking to the Official Site with manager James Beattie naming an unchanged side for the last three matches in a row, Stephenson said that it simply wasn’t feasible to do that consistently until the end of the season, so ahead of the game against Wycombe Wanderers players who haven’t been playing need to have their heads right.

‘I say this in jest but I hope that the team never changes from now until the end of the season, because that means we’re winning every week! But it will change because of injuries and suspensions and what have you and it’s important that the lads who aren’t in the team have the right mentality and are ready to step in.’

With a view to lasting through and being as sharp as we could be, the management staff arranged a fitness day last Tuesday, and having assured the players it wasn’t a punishment or them just taking the mickey, Stephenson said it was designed to be a quick boost to their overall fitness levels to help everybody maintain peak levels until the end of the campaign.

‘The ones who haven’t been playing did a little bit extra and, hopefully, that’ll send them into the last part of the season in a strong position.’

He goes on to say that in general he has been delighted, as has Beattie, with our performance levels and the results we have been getting, as really they only look back on the Fleetwood match as one in which we lacked a real performance, but he feels the players had probably hit the wall after the Southend game, however the way they have responded to that since has been ‘fantastic.’

It’s about maintaining that now and getting ourselves past Wycombe with the result we want, and then taking each match as it comes.