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LUTEL James has won over the Stanley fans with his new role on the wing - but he isn't convinced about it.

LUTEL James has won over the Stanley fans with his new role on the wing - but he isn't convinced about it.

The striker has been switched to the right wing and, from it, scored two goals to help the Reds secure their first Saturday win and take their unbeaten run to four games. But the 31-year-old says it still isn't his favourite position.

"I am still getting used to it," he said. "I must admit I wasn't happy at first but really it doesn't matter what I think. It is up to the manager and he can see things off the field which I can't.

"The team comes first, not me or anyone else, and we have got to do what is best for the team. Wherever I am playing, I will give 100 per cent.

"I did okay on Saturday but I am still not fully fit. I injured my hamstring a few weeks ago and it was either have a full week's rest or risk being out for six weeks if I tried to play through.

"So I had a full week off and I think I have lost a bit of fitness because of that. It's coming back but it isn't there yet."

No one would have believed it as the goal-getter starred for Stanley.

For his first goal, he squeezed the ball home from a tight angle following a Steve Hollis pass after getting the better of Margate's New Zealand international Chris Zoricich on 17 minutes.

And, for his second, the winger leapt highest at the far post following a Peter Cavanagh free kick which was headed on by Jonathan Smith into the path of the diving James on 54 minutes.

However what went on in between was described as a "horror show" by manager John Coleman.

His usually reliable defence - which had conceded just one goal in the last three games and that was a penalty - went AWOL as Margate battled back.

"I think it might have been an exciting game for neutrals to watch, but not a manager," said the Reds chief. "I thought it was a horror show in the first half and Margate could have had four goals.

"We are usually quite solid at the back but have given them chance after chance. You just can't legislate for the entire back four having a really poor first half. We weren't at the races. If one made a mistake the others just stood and watched, no-one covered. There were a lot of harsh words said at half-time and we turned it round. All credit to the lads, they bounced back."

Margate, unbeaten on their travels prior to Saturday, showed what a danger they could be.

As early as the second minute, their Northern Ireland under-21 international Terry McFlynn had forced Cavanagh into clearing off the line via the post.

James then opened the scoring before a Sam Sodje mistake almost gifted Rory Prendergast a goal - but his chip was easy for keeper Phil Smith.

Then McFlynn's pass sliced open the Stanley defence and debutant Manny Omoyinmi, on loan from Oxford, raced round keeper Jon Kennedy and slotted the ball home.

Kennedy then did well to deny McFlynn before John Keister crossed for Greg Oates.

Stanley failed to clear their lines and Oates fired past the Reds keeper from the edge of the box to make it 2-1 with 31 minutes gone.

Coleman had selected Brian Welch, making his first start of the season, and Paul Mullin up front but they couldn't get past Smith as the Reds went on the hunt for the equaliser.

Andy Gouck ballooned a ball over and Smith had two headers saved - but they couldn't find the goal before half-time.

The players came out kicking their heels with just 10 minutes of half-time gone after the lashing from Coleman.

But it did the trick as, once they kicked off, it was all-out attack.

A James ball in was fumbled by the keeper and Gouck tried an overhead kick in the area - but found Sodje's ribs instead of the ball and he was stretchered off before returning a couple of minutes later.

Omoyinmi was still a threat with his pace but once James equalised there was only one side going to win it.

But it did need a bit of magic to grab the winner. Andy Procter got the ball on the wing, jinked past the Margate defence to the by-line and waited to play the perfect ball with John Durnin and James waiting to pounce.

Durnin, who had only been on the pitch seven minutes, slid in - a just reward for the veteran frontman who has had a torrid time recently following the death of his dad.

There were more chances and Durnin could have had another as he was unmarked at the far post but blazed over.

Then, on 87 minutes, Jay Saunders was sent off for lashing out at Steve Hollis and, despite six minutes of injury time, it was Stanley's three points.

"We thought Lutel would have more chances in a wide berth and luckily it paid off for us," said Coleman.

"John Durnin took his goal well, he hasn't been 100 per cent and has had a bug as well, but could have had a few more. I also thought Welchy did well although we couldn't find him in the box. It's our first Saturday win and I am glad about that.

"Now we just need a bit more consistency and to take more of our chances."


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