Stanley tempted by a move for Boco
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss Paul Cook questioned whether some of his players had let a 100 per cent start to the season go to their heads after the Reds were brought back down to earth with a 3-0 home loss to Exeter on Saturday.
Stanley had opened their League Two campaign with victories over Southend and Port Vale but were thoroughly outplayed by Exeter in front of a crowd of just 1,149 at the Crown Ground.
Among those in the stands was former Reds cult hero and Benin international Rommy Boco, who had travelled to England after playing for Sligo Rovers on Friday night.
Boco has visited the Crown Ground on a number of occasions since his 2008 departure after remaining close friends with many at the club, and Stanley are thought to be tempted by a move for the 27-year-old before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Boco worked with Cook at Sligo and his current contract expires when the Irish season finishes in October, so an early release would have to be negotiated with the League of Ireland side.
But after Saturday’s game Cook was more concerned with his side’s performance.
“It was one game too many for us,” said the Reds boss.
“With a little bit of the hype and the good publicity, with the young lads being what they are, maybe they were listening to too much going on.
“It’s a very unforgiving league and we’re a very young team.
“We’ll make some mistakes at times that are plain to see from the sidelines.
“We must keep working with them and when they do things like they did today, where we don’t play so well, it’s important we work very hard during the week and respond in the right manner.
“That’s what football’s about, you don’t live on the last game.
“When we do well we don’t start shouting about how good we suddenly are.
“Today we’ve been well and truly beaten by a better side and we have no problems with that.”
The Reds have no midweek game before returning to action at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Cook, though, had no complaints about his side’s effort against Exeter City in the weekend loss.
He said: “We huffed and puffed for the 90 minutes but we were never good enough, we were never cutting them open, we were never defensively sound.
“We certainly had one or two good players today and they stood out for us, but it seems to be the same ones.
“But we did our best, we’ve taken six points from nine and the end of the season can be when people say how well you’ve done.”