ON-LOAN Wigan defender Adam Buxton had a dream weekend to kick off his Accrington Stanley career under boyhood hero James Beattie.
Buxton helped 10-man Stanley to a 3-1 win over League Two leaders Chesterfield after joining on a month’s loan – earning praise from Beattie, who he watched growing up as an Everton supporter.
On Sunday the 21-year-old right back witnessed his parent club Wigan triumph at Manchester City in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
About the chance to play for Beattie, Buxton said: “I’m an Everton fan so I saw him play there and that was a big plus in coming here to work for him.
“It was a bit of a crazy game on Saturday and going down to 10 men didn’t help but they’re a great set of lads here and they dug in deep.
“I hadn’t trained for four weeks so it was tough, I started cramping and I had to come off.
“I took a free kick and tried to knock it long and my calf just cramped up. The gaffer said, How are you feeling?’ and I said, ‘I’m all right, I can carry on’. But he knew I wasn’t all right really!
“Then I watched the Wigan game, it was an unbelievable result. The lads are buzzing, I went in and saw a few of them yesterday morning.”
Buxton was brought in as cover for Nicky Hunt, who serves the second game of a two-match ban tonight, but is determined to keep his place when the former Bolton defender returns.
“Hopefully I can take my chance and stay in the team,” Buxton said.
“I’ve got two games and hopefully I’ve done enough.”