Keeping Up With...Stanley

DEREK Adams' Plymouth Argyle side make the 312-mile trip to promotion rivals Accrington Stanley this Saturday in Sky Bet League 2.

John Coleman's side come into the fixture winless in their last four games, most recently their 3-1 loss at fellow play-off side Portsmouth who leapfrogged them into 4th place.

Pompey dominated the tie from start to finish and were 3-0 up and coasting by half-time. Stanley managed a consolation goal as forward Shay McCartan pulled one back seven minutes from time, but the damage was done. 

A familiar face amongst the Accrington ranks is midfielder Rommy Boco. The 30-year-old joined Coleman's side for a third time in January after signing from Portsmouth. Boco featured for the Greens during the 2013-14 season, playing 34 times and scoring twice in the process. He left at the end of the season and consequently joined Chesterfield.

Stanley have found consistency hard to come by in 2016 having won six, drawn three and lost four of their games. Wins came in January against Mansfield (3-2), Hartlepool (3-1) and play-off rivals Bristol Rovers (1-0), but since then their good form has somewhat dried up. Their last win came on February 23 as a goal from Billy Kee and a brace from Boco ensured a 3-2 win over struggling Notts County.

Historically Accrington v Argyle is a low scoring fixture with only nine goals coming in the pair’s previous nine encounters, including two 0-0 draws. Stanley have only ever beaten Argyle once, when as an early Kal Naismith goal was enough to overcome the Pilgrims 1-0 in September 2014. Earlier in this season saw Coleman's side lose by the same scoreline as a Reuben Reid strike after 64 minutes was enough to clinch all three points.

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