Coleman urges Accrington to include McConville goal in awards

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John Coleman was delighted to see Accrington secure their League One status (Anthony Devlin/PA)

John Coleman has called for a goal of the season review by the club after Sean McConville’s hat-trick kept Accrington in League One and put Plymouth in the bottom four.

McConville scored a superb curled effort to secure the match ball, but it was his second that caught manager Coleman’s eye in the 5-1 win.

With Accrington holding the club’s end of season awards straight after their final home game of the season the best goal category had already been finalised.

But Coleman feels McConville should take the prize for rounding off a superb team move to put the Reds 3-0 up by half-time.

“I don’t think you’ll see a better goal today,” he said.

“We have our end of season awards tonight and that should be added in because that is clearly the goal of the season.”

McConville’s first came after Billy Kee had put Accrington in front from the penalty spot, following a foul on Jordan Clark.

A deflected free-kick made it 2-0 before the pick of McConville’s goals made it 3-0 just before half-time.

The winger rounded off a superb team move, with Kee, Clark and Dan Barlaser involved in catching Plymouth on the counter-attack.

McConville’s third was more of a solo effort, curled beyond goalkeeper Matt Macey early in the second half.

Luke Armstrong wrapped up the win in the 66th minute from close range.

Despite Harvey Rodgers’ own goal providing a late consolation for Plymouth, Coleman felt it was a fitting way to guarantee their place in League One 12 months after winning promotion to the third tier.

“We’re going to be throwing the replica cup round tonight that’s for sure,” he said.

“How you get League One status. Last year winning the league, crest of a wave, this year battling relegation – the prize is still the same.

“People should take a step back and realise what we’ve got to play with. There are a lot more clubs who are a lot better off than we are who are going to go down this year.”

While the home fans celebrated, there were angry scenes in the away end after Plymouth dropped into the relegation zone.

Manager Derek Adams refused to speak to the media in the aftermath of one of their heaviest defeats of the season.

But Coleman had sympathy for his counterpart.

“I’ve witnessed Plymouth come off the pitch and the manager take a lot of stick from the fans,” he said.

“People are forgetting the good job Derek Adams has done. He’s had success there and built good teams there. Some people have short memories and I think they need a reality check.”

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