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Fosu's Stanley ready for play-off battle at Kingsmeadow

13 May 2016

Tariqe Fosu's Accrington set for play-off semi-final first leg...

Tariqe Fosu and his teammates at loan club Accrington Stanley travel down to London on Saturday evening for their League 2 play-off semi-final meeting with AFC Wimbledon.

Stanley couldn't quite break down a stubborn Stevenage defence on the final day of the regular season, meaning that the two remaining automatic places were filled by Bristol Rovers and Oxford United on the final day.  So, like Tanner's Plymouth, it's into the lottery of the play-offs.

The Reading attacker has made eight appearances for Accrington in the tail-end of the season, scoring three times and picking up the Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month award for April in the process.

When Accrington visited Kingsmeadow earlier in the season they came away with a point in a bizarre game which saw the visitors have a goal chalked off because of the half-time whistle. Stanley thought they had gone ahead when Billy Kee fired in, but referee Trevor Kettle ruled the goal out - the game ended goalless.

The other meeting, earlier in the year, was the polar opposite in the goals department.  Wimbledon come away with the spoils with a 4-3 win - Accrington had raced into a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes, but it was 3-3 at the break.  A second goal of the game for Dons forward Lyle Taylor, midway through the second period, sealed an away win for Wimbledon.

Fosu wasn’t involved in either of those clashes - both coming before his arrival - but his impact has been impressive.  They were unbeaten in four when before he debuted, and that tally has stretched to 12 now.  The 20-year-old found his first goal for the club in his second appearance, a 1-1 draw at home to Cambridge, rescuing a point for Stanley with a 77th minute strike. Fosu went onto score twice more that month, with a winner in a 2-1 victory away at Hartlepool, as well as opening the scoring in a 3-0 triumph over York City that same week.

And now Accrington will be in action on Saturday evening in a 7.30pm kick-off at Kingsmeadow in the first leg of their play-off semi final. The game will be live on Sky Sports 1 as Stanley look to get their first win over Wimbledon this season, and setting the team up for a happy return to Lancashire.  The return leg at the Crown Ground will be contested on Wednesday 18th May.

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