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Accrington Stanley 4 Forest Green 1

STANLEY boss John Coleman was a relieved man after his side halted a run of four successive defeats with an emphatic victory over Forest Green.

STANLEY boss John Coleman was a relieved man after his side halted a run of four successive defeats with an emphatic victory over Forest Green.

Despite four games in the last seven days, the Reds made sure they took their chances and stopped Colelman suffering his worst run of defeats since he came to Accrington.

"We needed that win. There were a few tired legs out there and we perhaps had a bit of luck but it has set us up for the final three games," said the Reds chief.

He admitted though the scoreline did flatter Stanley as the equalled their
best league win of the season - they beat Leigh 4-1 in August.

"They probably made more chances than anyone else has here," said Coleman. "But Jamie Speare did well and their keeper has also had to produce three or four world class saves."

Paul Mullin grabbed two goals to take his tally to the season to 21 league goals. He got on the end of a Rory Prendergast cross on 44 minutes and a Paul Cook corner on 61 minutes. Both were trademark headers but, he did go on the hunt for his hat-trick, producing two superb volleys from the edge of the area which their keeper Steve Perrin had to tip over.

Ged Brannan had opened the scoring on 40 minutes, pouncing on a defensive mistake and slotting home his first goal for the club since he came in November. And John Durnin completed Stanley's scoring on 73 minutes as, despite only being on the pitch two minutes, he got the better of Perrin in a one-on-one.

A Peter Cavanagh foul led to a late penalty which Damon Searle converted but it was just a consolation for Forest Green.

Coleman added: "Paul Mullin was magnificent as he has been all season, I was pleased for Ged and I had a bet with Gordon Armstrong that John Durnin would score and I won my bet!"