Molyneux's been magic for Stanley

Wednesday 3rd April 2013 11:39

Molyneux: Superb for Stanley

Molyneux: Superb for Stanley

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Lee Molyneux has been League Two's answer to Gareth Bale in recent weeks - and FanZoner Lee Walker hopes he can inspire Accrington to survival.

Wow, what a two weeks it has been. Three wins, a draw and two losses have kept us in the frame in what is without a doubt the tightest relegation battle League Two has ever seen.

Looking at the table, any two of the bottom eight sides could go down - quite unbelievable really.

I must admit after my last blog I was a worried man. We looked doomed. A leaking defence and misfiring attack had left us bottom of the table on goal difference and following a 0-3 home hammering by local rivals Fleetwood Town, I really did think that was it.

We needed some inspiration from somewhere - luckily for us, we seem to have found it in the form of left winger Lee Molyneux. Having signed as a virtual unknown last summer, he really has raised his game onto another level the last few weeks. Released by Everton, Southampton, Port Vale and Plymouth Argyle, his career looked to be over before it had begun, and following an altercation on a night out, he spent a 17-month stretch at her majesty's pleasure.

That has all changed this year, however, with some quite magnificent performances in the last few weeks including a first half hat-trick against Edgar Davids' Barnet. Initially, Lee was seen as a tough-tackling defender but following the arrival of another left-sided defender in Laurence Wilson from Morecambe, Lee has been employed in a far more attacking role.

What a decision it has turned out to be, with eight goals in his last six games, which has had even the national media stand up and take notice. Well done Lee!

Another key factor has been the re-inclusion of midfielder Will Hatfield, who quite unbelievably has hardly played since his four-goal heroics in the FA Cup first-round tie away at AFC Fylde.

I'm a massive fan of Will. Despite not making it at his boyhood club Leeds United, he really does look the part with us and I've been perplexed at why he hasn't been given more time. Hopefully now that has permanently changed with some game-winning performances in the last few weeks, including another goal against promotion candidates Burton Albion on Easter Monday.

Finally, I must also mention midfielder Amnie Linganzi who has been nothing short of a revelation following his arrival on a free transfer from Blackburn. His no-nonsense tough-tackling approach has been a massive hit with the Stanley faithful and following the untimely death of his brother last week, he very bravely decided to play on not letting anybody down with another solid performance. Well played sir.

So here we go into the final furlong, with Saturday's MASSIVE away trip to Bootham Crescent to play old Conference rivals York City. Games at our level don't get much bigger and I'm hoping for a couple of hundred hardy souls AT LEAST making the trip from Accrington.

Considering the distances we need to cover in this league, a couple of hours to York is nothing under the circumstances. With the final three games against Morecambe, Bristol Rovers and Oxford United to come, we really do have a chance.

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By Lee Walker, FanZone's Accrington Stanley blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @leewasi - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!

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