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League Two

Richardson hails Jeffers

20 March 2013

Accrington boss Leam Richardson praised double goalscorer Francis Jeffers after he helped to lift Stanley off the bottom of the npower League Two table in a 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

Former Arsenal striker Jeffers scored his first goals in English football since 2009, curling home into the top corner on five minutes before pouncing on a rebound to head number two 14 minutes later. Will Hatfield's 32nd-minute strike and Lee Molyneux's midway through the second half sealed Stanley's biggest win of the season over their relegation rivals.

"I have known Franny can score goals and it doesn't matter whether it's Arsenal or Accrington, goalscoring is unique and you have got to take your chances and Franny did against AFC Wimbledon," said Richardson.

"Franny is a good lad, he is great around the dressing room and he deserved his goals for his work rate."

Jeffers said: "It was great to get an early goal, that's what it is all about and it doesn't matter who scores as long as the team wins. I felt my first goal was lucky but I enjoyed my second one - it was a poacher's goal which is the type I like to score.

"It was an ideal performance with grit and flair and the lads defended well. It was a team game and we have seven games left and we will be doing everything we can - and I am confident we will stay up.

"I want to repay Leam as he has shown belief in me when others have thought I was finished."

Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley was disappointed after three successive wins had move them away from the drop zone.

"I went over to apologise to the fans, we were poor," he said. "It wasn't about a system or the personnel but we conceded sloppy goals. It was 1-0 and then quickly 2-0 and it was simple mistakes. At 3-0 the game was really over and every time a ball went over the top they were one-on-one which is unlike us.

"But it was just blip as the boys have been magnificent and we know we can we bounce back and we have got to stay positive. There are seven games to go and it is on a knife edge but we will pick ourselves up."

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