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Race on for goals

THE BATTLE is on to finish Accrington Stanley’s top scorer and captain Peter Cavanagh is tipping Paul Mullin to come up with the goods again.

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THE BATTLE is on to finish Accrington Stanley’s top scorer and captain Peter Cavanagh is tipping Paul Mullin to come up with the goods again.

There are just four games left of the season and striker Mullin is currently on 13 goals with midfielder Andy Procter hot on his heels with 11 goals.

The 17th placed Reds travel to relegation-threatened Notts County tomorrow - the oldest Football League club - knowing a win will guarantee Stanley’s Football League survival.

And they are out to get the goals to make sure they finish the season on a high - with Mullin bidding to keep his top goalscoring crown.

"Mullers will be top scorer," said Cavanagh who made his return to the side following a four month injury lay-off in the 1-0 win over Dagenham on Friday.

"Procky only usually scores from the penalty spot and I am sure Mullers will get a brace from somewhere to take him over the line!

"To be honest, watching from the sidelines, you do see how much Paul does for the team. His work-rate is tremendous and he tracks back on the wings in every game.

"So this week in training we have been working on other people doing those jobs, and leaving the front two more central so they have the chance to get the goals."

Cavanagh admits it will be a relief if they can pass the 50 point target they amassed last season - they are currently on 48 - and finish on a roll with games against Barnet, Wrexham and Bury to end their second league campaign.

"The gaffer doesn’t really set us targets but the talk between the lads has been getting the 50 points.

"We want to improve on last season and, with games against teams around us, we have to believe we can win all four.

"If we do that, it will see us comfortably in mid-table and could jump us up four or five places."

Cavanagh admitted he was "shocked" to get a starting place against the Daggers having played just half a reserve game since an Achilles operation in November.

"I was definitely shocked when I saw my name in the starting eleven," said the captain.

"But I was delighted. I would have liked to have another week’s training under my belt but there is nothing better than games."

Meanwhile boss John Coleman is eager to get that one more win tomorrow.

Coleman continued: "I still do not feel comfortable and we need one more win and we want it as soon as possible.

"Notts County are down near the bottom and if you look at the likes of Wrexham and Shrewsbury, who are down there too, you cannot be surprised as it tends to be the way with teams who draw a lot of games."

Coleman will have to make changes to his backline as defender Darran Kempson has been recalled back to Shrewsbury from his loan spell; Aswad Thomas has returned to Charlton and Leam Richardson is suspended following his sending off against the Daggers.

"It is a blow to lose Darran but I did expect it as he had put in some good performances for us," said Coleman with the Shrews suffering an injury crisis and also battling against the drop.

"He has done well for us and he is someone, if available in the summer, I would speak to. I am going to have use the squad."

Coleman has Graham Branch and Sean Webb waiting in the wings while he has brought back youngsters Jay Bell and Peter Murphy from Prescot Cables who, along with Chris Turner and Andrew Smith, signed professional contracts at the club this week.

"It is just for safety in numbers really," said Coleman.

"There are other players waiting for their chance and I have got players in mind."

The Reds chief is also backing Mullin to get back on the goal trail. He has scored two goals in 14 games. "He will be keen to score before the end of the season but Paul’s game is not just about goals," he said.

Meanwhile Notts County boss Ian McParland - whose side are one place above the drop zone - said: "It is an absolutely massive game against Accrington. They have all been massive games since I came to the club. Hopefully we can win our next two games against Accrington and Wrexham and be safe."

"We want to end on a high, like we did last season," said Coleman.

 
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