Date: 17th September 2014 at 8:50pm
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A three one defeat to Oxford last night has left caretaker manager Paul Stephenson reflecting on the fact that it wasn’t a Stanley performance from the lads.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game a disappointed caretaker explained.

‘That just wasn’t Accrington Stanley. But all we can do is draw a line under that performance and move on. In the last 15 months we have been hard to beat and we erred off our game plan tonight. We conceded the first goal, reacted well with Marcus Carver’s goal and just needed to get through to half time as the crowd were booing them.’

Stephenson goes on to say that it turned then though, with the sending off and he felt that from ‘our point of view’ the second goal was ‘ridiculous’ and then it’s a massive uphill battle for the lads and it was a battle we couldn’t win.

He adds that Luke Joyce has held his hands up for their third, but he knows nobody will hold it against him because it was a very uncharacteristic moment from him on a night that was uncharacteristic for everybody, so it’s more a case of a bad day at the office rather than anything else.

‘We will pick ourselves up though. It is disappointing as I have lost James Gray for selection for three games and it’s difficult to lose a player of his quality but we will bounce back.’