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Ged hopes he's a lucky charm

GED Brannan has been something of a lucky charm so far for Accrington Stanley.

GED Brannan has been something of a lucky charm so far for Accrington Stanley.

Since signing from Wigan last month, the midfielder hasn't been on the losing side in the four Conference games he has played for the Reds.

And he hopes to continue his winning streak in the local derby at home to fellow play-off chasers Morecambe on Boxing Day - before the two sides meet again at Christie Park on New Year's Day.

Brannan admitted that Shrimps boss Jim Harvey had been chasing him before Stanley chief John Coleman swooped for him.

"Jim did come in for me but I had already given my word to Coley that if I went anywhere it would be Accrington. I would never go back on my word and I know I have made the right decision. I have enjoyed every minute of it so far."

Brannan has helped Stanley to draw at Chester and beat Barnet and Aldershot as well as last Saturday's 2-0 win at struggling Leigh RMI in atrocious conditions.

"It was a terrible game - to play in and watch. It was just one of those games. But we got the three points and that was important," he said.

However, he admits that sitting out Stanley's FA Cup success has been agony for the 31-year-old who is cup-tied.

"The FA Cup games have been hard for me all because of one game I played for Rochdale on loan. I was doing their manager a favour as I didn't think about the future but I wish I hadn't played - but never mind. I am behind the lads 100 per cent and I am made up for them."

Now the former Tranmere and Manchester City man is determined to make sure he puts on some top performances for the Reds.

"I don't think the fans have seen the best of me yet," he said. "I am still taking time to settle in and I think I will probably play my best football at the start of next season.

"But it is a really good club, which is on the up. All the players have impressed me. I can't believe Paul Howarth has only just got into the team from what I have seen of him.

"And I have been impressed with the likes of Paul Mullin, Rory (Prendergast), Cav (Peter Cavanagh) and Rocky (Robbie Williams) and both the goalkeepers - the whole team has been doing well and getting great results.

"I have played four games in the Conference and I know we have no-one to be scared of. We have played against two of the best teams in the Conference in Barnet and Chester and they were no better than us. We have nothing to fear and we will go out with the same attitude against Morecambe."

The Shrimps lie just below Stanley in the table. But Morecambe boss Harvey is confident that his side can get something from the games.

"They will be tough matches," said Harvey. "Accrington have had a good year and have some experienced players. They have done extremely well in the FA Cup and are an extremely good side."

Morecambe centre back Jim Bentley, who has been a big influence, will be missing with an ankle injury but captain Stewart Drummond is back after injury.

Coleman will welcome back Andy Procter and winger Rory Prendergast who were both suspended for the trip to Leigh. Left back Steve Hollis remains touch and go with a wrist injury but was expected to be back some time over the Christmas period.

  • FORMER Burnley trainee Andrew Waine has left Stanley for first team football at Hyde United. And midfielder Michael Knowles, who has been on loan at Burscough, has been released.


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