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Accrington’s three to watch: Including ANOTHER mag in attendance at Sunderland’s game tonight...

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Alright, that headline was slightly tongue in cheek... but here’s the three Accrington star players going into Sunderland’s game with them tonight. Can any of this trio cause some damage and upset our promotion hopes?

Accrington Stanley

Paul Smyth

League One Games/Goals: 9/2

The on-loan Northern Ireland international was their best player at the Stadium of Light, as he nodded home Stanley’s second goal in front of the Sky TV cameras.

Signed by Queens Park Rangers from Linfield back 2017, Smyth was struggling to get game time when John Coleman swooped in the January transfer window - and it looks to have been a shrewd signing.

Small in stature, Smyth is strong on the ball and possesses plenty of pace. He caused plenty of problems for Jimmy Dunne with his movement and trickery and will be looking to take advantage of any Wembley hangover.


Daniel Barlaser

League One Games/Goals: 31/1

Another loanee who is making progress in Lancashire is boyhood Newcastle United fan Daniel Barlaser.

Part of the Magpies Academy since 2006, the 22-year-old has struggled for chances at St. James as it becomes quite apparent that the midfielder does not possess anywhere near enough quality to perform in the Premier League. He’s became a key component for Accrington though, forming an impressive partnership with Sam Finley that will important in their battle to avoid an immediate return to League Two.

The midfielder has admitted to relishing the games against Sunderland this term and has spoken of his regular attendance in the away end at the Stadium of Light during derbies over the years - so it’s safe to say he’ll be hoping to get one over us on Wednesday night after years of watching us beat his boyhood club.


Billy Kee

League One Games/Goals: 37/12

We featured the 28-year-old as the main man to watch when Stanley rocked up on a cold Wearside evening in mid-February and, as their star player, it’s no surprise to see him re-appear as a key figure for our rearranged game at the Wham Stadium.

Kee is Accrington’s top scorer and currently holds the record for most consecutive penalties scored across the top four English divisions, scoring sixteen of his last sixteen penalties - including one at the Stadium of Light. He’s deceptively strong and, most importantly, he has a knack for sticking it in the onion bag.

Into his second spell at Accrington Stanley, Kee scored 25-goals last season as Accy won the League Two title under the tutelage of John Coleman and continues to be the main goal threat for his struggling side.