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Cooney reflects on a ‘point gained’ at Stanley

29 January 2022

Defender Ryan Cooney says Morecambe’s draw with Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley was a ‘point gained’.

The visitors found themselves two goals to the good in the first half thanks to a Jonah Ayunga brace, starting on 14 minutes, before doubling his tally and Morecambe’s lead 12 minutes later.

Stanley pulled one back on 35 minutes courtesy of Colby Bishop before Michael Nottingham equalised with the final kick of the half in the fourth minute of added time.

Despite giving up a winning position, Cooney says the Shrimps can focus on the importance of taking a point away from the Wham Stadium.

“It’s a point gained,” he said.

“Where we are in the League, we’ve just got to keep picking up points and, if we keep the momentum going, I’m sure we’ll be fine by the end of the season.

“When we were 2-0 up, we thought maybe we could go and nick another one to make it three, but we were on the back foot with the wind and the conditions.

“In the second half I thought we defended well, we had a couple of chances, Jonah [Ayunga] nearly scored for the third, but a good point gained at the end.”

In what was a blustery East Lancashire afternoon, both sides struggled to compete in difficult conditions, which in Cooney’s opinion, affected the game.

The 21-year-old added: “It was a tough one, first half you seen the wind was going one way and then second half it was going back towards us again.

“It felt like the wind just kept changing, you couldn’t really judge the bounce of the pitch because it was firm ground, it just bounced high.

“Especially when it went long, it just either held up or flew right past us.

“I enjoy a battle, local derby, you knew what was happening, and I never back down from the battle, that’s what I relish on, I think the whole of the team continued to battle throughout the 90 minutes.”


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