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Reds snap up Tiger Burton

ACCRINGTON Stanley will have at least two new faces among their ranks for tomorrow's home clash with Conference bottom club Farnborough.

ACCRINGTON Stanley will have at least two new faces among their ranks for tomorrow's home clash with Conference bottom club Farnborough.

The Reds have snapped up defender Steve Burton on loan from Hull City.

Striker Lee Madden has also signed while boss John Coleman says he is having talks with the Third Division striker he has been tracking for some time.

Burton is 21 today and came through the ranks at the Tigers. He plays on the left or the centre of defence and has made a couple of appearances for the first team.

He has already been on loan at Dr Marten's League side Ilkeston Town.

"I have been watching him for some time," said the Reds chief. "He has played in the first team for Hull and will give us something else. We have got him for a month."

Madden, 20, has been scoring for fun in Stanley's reserves after being a trainee at Preston North End and playing for Hyde United last season.

"He is a different type of striker to the ones we have got. Paul Mullin is a person who leads the line, Lutel James impresses with his work rate and the things he does outside the box and Madden is a poacher, who works mostly in the box."

Coleman was talking to the Third Division frontman last night.

"I have got a squad of 21 but you can never be happy with that, you always want to improve as we don't want to stand still.

"I don't suppose every player will be happy if they aren't involved but there is nothing I can do about that. If they don't want to be part of it, then they can go. That's football.

"But I have been impressed with the attitude of the squad so far. There is a good team spirit here and when the suspensions for five bookings start kicking in soon, most will have a part to play."

And one of the first players likely to be on the team-sheet for tomorrow's clash is Paul Cook.

The former Burnley midfielder never stopped running in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Halifax - a good performance after the whole team were off colour in Saturday's 3-3 draw with struggling Northwich.

"He has been getting some stick in recent games and he answered his critics in the best possible way," said Coleman.

"Paul has been disappointed with his own performances of late but I think he will have enjoyed that one!"

  • STANLEY striker Darren Connell has scored five goals in Burscough's last two games and has extended his loan spell there for a further two months. Michael Knowles is still at Burscough while Paul Howarth has returned to Stanley from the Linnets.
  • STANLEY will be in the hat for the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup which will be drawn on Monday.

Tomorrow 3pm
MANAGER: Tommy Taylor
TOP SCORER: Richard Hodgson/ Andre Fashanu with three goals each (Fashanu has returned to Reading)
GROUND: Cherrywood Road
DANGER MAN: Ken Charley - wealth of league experience. Almost 200 goals during his career.


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