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League Two

Cook keeping feet on the ground

22 August 2012

Accrington Stanley boss Paul Cook will not get carried away despite his side winning their first two league games of the campaign.

Cook has put together a young side - the oldest outfield player in the 2-0 win over Port Vale was 25 - and they have started the season with two clean sheets and six points.

"It was a great game against a strong Port Vale side who threw everything at us in the second half," said Cook, who is beginning his first full season in charge. "They will go home ruing the chances they missed but luck is going our way at the moment.

"We know it won't always and it's only early days but we are a young side and are gaining in confidence with every game. But we know in football it can change quickly, you can be quickly on the back foot so we won't get carried away.

"All we can do is keep our heads down and keep giving 100 percent. It won't always go our way, there will be mistakes, but we stick by the lads when we win and we will when we lose.

"It was a great penalty by Podge (Padraig Amond) and then James Gray has come on, took his chance and put himself in the frame for a starting place. That's all you can ask."

Port Vale's Micky Adams could not believe his side lost, especially as Ashley Vincent was clean through at 1-0 in injury-time - just before Gray scored - but fired horribly wide.

"We did everything but score and it just didn't fall for us," said Adams. "We created a lot of chances but we couldn't take them.

"It's not the end of the world as it's only two games and we have got to take the positives and not be too despondent and too down.

"We have a decent squad, we will be competitive and it was just one of those nights."

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