Hereford v Accrington preview

Date published: Thursday 29th December 2011 3:33

Hereford welcome back Michael Townsend into contention for the match.

The defender missed United’s Boxing Day defeat to Port Vale due to a one-match suspension and is set to be recalled straight back into Jamie Pitman’s starting XI.

Benoit Dalibard and Ryan Green formed a makeshift central defensive partnership against Vale and Pitman, disappointed by his side’s inability to close games out after taking the lead, may also be tempted to throw in fit-again skipper Stefan Stam.

The Dutchman returned to the bench against Vale having only had a couple of training sessions since making his comeback from six weeks out with a knee problem, although a further week of training may convince Pitman the influential defender is ready.

Midfielder Joe Colbeck has now now fully recovered from his knee injury, starting against the Valiants on Boxing Day.

Meanwhile, Accrington will be without Luke Joyce as he serves the second game of his three-match suspension.

Joyce received a straight red card in the recent victory over Torquay and is one of the few blemishes on the squad available to boss John Coleman.

Fellow midfielder Ian Craney has resumed full training following his broken leg and could be fit to take a place on the bench, although defender Alan Burton remains on the sidelines after a double hernia operation.

Stanley make the trip to Edgar Street on the back of four consecutive wins and are in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run – a record Coleman is not ready to give up any time soon.

“I don’t think we’ve had four league wins on the spin since we won the Conference and I think we ended up winning about eight or nine then so it’d be great to try and do that again,” he told Accrington’s official website.

“We’ve been a little bit more clinical recently and we’re certainly taking a higher percentage of chances, even though we aren’t making as many of them. The next step now is to make more chances and score more goals while keeping them out at the other end.”

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Hereford v Accrington preview

Date published: Friday 22nd October 2010 12:40

Hereford boast a virtually fully-fit squad for the visit of Accrington in League Two on Saturday.

Caretaker boss Jamie Pitman is able to call upon almost every single one of United’s players with the Edgar Street treatment room finally empty bar goalkeeper Dan Connor, who remains a long-term absentee with his hip problem.

Striker Sean Canham returns from his one-match ban having missed last weekend’s remarkable 4-3 triumph at Northampton in which the Bulls were 3-0 down at half-time.

Forward Stuart Fleetwood could well have played his way into contention against Stanley having sparked the revival with a brace soon after coming off the bench.

Skipper Janos Kovacs (knee) returned to the bench at Sixfields after his lengthy spell on the sidelines and is again competing for a starting berth.

Striker Sam Malsom, who has struggled for regular first-team opportunities this term, has this week joined non-league Redditch United on loan.

Accrington manager John Coleman is without four suspended players for the trip to face the bottom-placed Bulls.

On-loan Burnley defender Kevin Long serves the first of his three-match suspension after he was dismissed just 16 minutes into his Stanley debut against Rotherham last weekend.

And Coleman could make changes to his defence after conceding two late goals against the Millers with Leam Richardson, Peter Murphy and Tom Smyth all ready to deputise.

Ray Putterill starts a two-game ban after he played in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Tranmere, despite being ineligible.

Andrew Proctor and Jonathan Bateson are out of the trip to Edgar Street as they serve the second of their three-match bans.

Rory Boulding could drop to the bench as Craig Lindfield is pushing for a starting place up front.

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