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Accrington Stanley: Sean McConville expecting tough Coventry City test

9 February 2018

One of the form teams across all 72 EFL clubs, Accrington Stanley, are flying high in Sky Bet League Two as they prepare to travel to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City.

Six victories in their previous seven fixtures, including Tuesday’s hard-fought 2-1 win against Swindon Town, has propelled John Coleman’s side into the automatic promotion places as they prepare for another challenging fixture this weekend.

As well as their impressive form on the pitch, Stanley have been the talk of the town off of it after giving 1,200 replica first-team shirts away to local year three pupils in an event to mark their 50th anniversary at the Wham Stadium yesterday.

Accrington travel to the West Midlands to face promotion rivals Coventry in front of what should be a near-full capacity attendance, with an expected crowd of around 25,000 due to the hosts’ ‘Community Day’ initiative.

Captain and key figure in the impressive Stanley run, Sean McConville, is looking to continue the momentum gained following previous results.

He said: “They are one of our rivals, it’s another team that if we can beat we put a bit of distance between us and themselves, so we’ll be looking to take all three points.

“We’re expecting a big crowd so it’ll be a great game, we’re looking forward to it. They’re a good side, we beat them here but it was a tight game. They don’t concede many goals or score too many either, so it will probably be a close game again.”

Although teammate Billy Kee has stolen the headlines for his goalscoring exploits so far this season, McConville has also hit a rich vein of form, scoring six in his previous seven.

The midfielder hit braces against both Port Vale and Stevenage in recent weeks, as he rivals his free-scoring teammate.

“Billy and I are on a bit of a hot streak at the moment and we’re hoping to keep that going. We’ve got to keep striving to get three points.

“You have these spells during a career, but it’s about consistency and maintaining that over a prolonged period of time – that is the challenge for all of us at the moment.”

McConville was speaking at the replica shirt giveaway organised by Accrington chairman Andy Holt, and admitted giving back to the community is always a worthwhile deed.

“These kids are the next generation of fans and to see them all here with a smile on their face is great.

“Hopefully we can get them through the door as early as possible to keep this club progressing in the right direction.”

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