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Paul's goals will come

LUTEL James is backing Paul Mullin to get the goals to help Stanley into the play-offs.

GOAL HERO . . .Lutel James scored two on Saturday
GOAL HERO . . .Lutel James scored two on Saturday

LUTEL James is backing Paul Mullin to get the goals to help Stanley into the play-offs.

The Reds are currently tenth in the Conference table after James scored two goals in the 3-2 win over Margate on Saturday and extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Hitman Mullin hasn't scored for three games and boss John Coleman has been looking at his striking options.

But James says the goals will come for his team-mate - and people should look at Mullin's work-rate and remember what the pair did last season when they scored 60 goals to help Stanley clinch the UniBond title.

"People will look at Paul's goals and say he hasn't scored for a while but they don't always recognise the work he puts in," said 31-year-old James.

"He can work miracles in and around the box and a lot of what he does goes unappreciated by some people. His work-rate is phenomenal. I compare him to Paul Scholes - at Manchester United you hear about the Beckhams and the Giggses but it is Scholes who does a lot of the hard work. Paul Mullin does that for us.

"We have stepped up a level and it is harder. I know some people have doubted our abilities but we have got it. I got two on Saturday - the opportunities were there. It is not always Paul's fault if the right ball isn't played into the box. The goals will come again. We are all in this together."

Mullin has two for the season - one against Leigh and the winner against Scarborough at the end of August.

St Kitts international James took his tally to four with his brace - and both players are chasing a target of 20.

And they will hope to add to their tally in the next two games. It is a tough trip to Dagenham tomorrow followed by a home game against old rivals Burton Albion on Tuesday.

While the Daggers are an unknown quantity, the Reds know plenty about Burton, who were the UniBond champions the year before Stanley. The two sides met three times the season before last. Burton won one, the other game was drawn and Stanley won the Challenge Shield on penalties.

"Whenever we play Burton, there is a good atmosphere," said Coleman. "It will be good to get back to Saturday-Tuesday games as when were were in the UniBond League it was crash, bang, wallop - two games a week. Now there's a gap and when you are winning, you want to play.

"We have crept up to tenth place unnoticed. We want to just sneak in there and stay there - and not have too many people focusing on us."

Paul Cook will miss both games as he serves a three-match suspension while Dean Calcutt is again available. Goalkeeper Jamie Speare has a jarred back. "But I am reliably informed Gordon Armstrong is a good goalkeeper if needed!" laughed Coleman.

  • PAUL Haworth has joined Michael Knowles and Darren Connell on loan at Burscough.
  • STANLEY target Mark Beesley, Chester's top scorer in 2001, has joined Southport on a one-month loan.


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