After FA Cup disappointment in midweek Stanley return to league action tomorrow with Wycombe Wanderers the visitors to the Store First Stadium.
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With Tuesday night’s FA Cup exit at Yeovil now behind them Stanley turn their attentions back to the league and a big game against high flying Wycombe Wanderers.
Manager John Coleman wants his team to fulfill their potential and achieve a top seven finish and the game with the Chairboys will be a good yardstick for that ambition.
Wycombe have surprised many by leading League Two going into the festive fixtures but will look to continue their good form with victory at the Store First Stadium.
John O’Sullivan faces a battle to be fit for his final game for the club.
The midfielder’s loan from Blackburn expires after the match but he is hoping to shake off a groin injury sustained at Portsmouth to feature.
Fellow loanee Sean Maguire is also coming to the end of his deal but is available after being ineligible for FA Cup duty.
John Coleman has a number of injury concerns from the midweek defeat at Yeovil but the medical staff are monitoring those with knocks.
Wycombe are likely to bring a full strength squad to Lancashire following the retirement of defender Gary Doherty this week.
Wycombe have undergone a dramatic change of fortunes over the summer break.
Last season they battled relegation from League Two and only stayed up on goal difference on the final day at the expense of Bristol Rovers.
This season has proven to be a huge contrast so far, with Gareth Ainsworth’s men leading the way in the division.
They’ve been at this level since being relegated from League One in 2012.
Fans favourite Ainsworth was appointed manager in November 2012 after a successful spell as caretaker boss, having starred as a player since 2009 at Wycombe.
Formerly of Preston, Port Vale, Wimbledon and QPR, Ainsworth retired after the final game of the 2012/13 season after making 600 professional appearances. Ainsworth guided the team to survival on the final day of the 2013/14 campaign.
Midfielder Murphy needs no introduction to the Stanley fans. He joined as a 16-year-old and remained with the Reds until June 2014 where, after more than 150 games, he moved to Wycombe.
The scorer of many a stoppage-time goal, added time became known as ‘Murphy time’ especially during his last season for the Reds. He has continued to pop up with goals for Wycombe, scoring seven times for the Chairboys in the opening three months of this season.
The two sides have met on a dozen previous occasions and the head-to-head record is currently level.
Both sides have four wins and there have been four draws.
Last season’s two games both ended in draws, 0-0 at Adams Park and 1-1 at the Store First Stadium.
Wycombe haven’t lost in Accrington since way back in 2006.
Stanley will be keen to bounce back from their midweek defeat at Huish Park and make it back to back league wins following the impressive victory at Portsmouth last weekend.
The Reds are eleventh in League Two and just five points behind fifth placed Newport.
Wycombe have won their last three league games, though an FA Cup defeat to Wimbledon came in the middle of that run.
They are two points clear of second placed Burton Albion with a game in hand.
James Gray 5
Kal Naismith 4
Luke Joyce 4
Shay McCartan 4
Rob Atkinson 4
John O’Sullivan 4
Sean Maguire 3
Marcus Carver 3
Piero Mingoia 3
Paul Hayes 9
Peter Murphy 7
Paris Cowan-Hall 4
Matt McClure 4
Sam Wood 4
Joe Jacobson 3
Admission prices for the game are:
Over 65′s & Students £15
Under 18′s £10
Accompanied Under 12′s £5
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