Amond hoping to help break hoodoo against former club Accrington

Padraig Amond.
Padraig Amond.
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Morecambe striker Padraig Amond is hoping to fire the Shrimps to a first Football League victory over his former club Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The Irishman left the Crown Ground for the Globe Arena in the summer and knows all about the East Lancashire side’s hold over the Shrimps.

But he is confident Morecambe’s barren run against James Beattie’s bottom-of-the-table Stanley will end this weekend.

The 25-year-old said: “When I signed for Accrington John Coleman said to me ‘that’s six points’ laughing and joking that Morecambe had never beaten them.

“We always came expecting rather than hoping to get a result.

“Certain teams have hoodoos against other teams and obviously Accrington have one against Morecambe.

“Anyone that was at the game here last year will probably tell you that as well because Ian Dunbavin had one of the best games I’ve ever seen a goalkeeper have.

“He led a charmed life and got a 0-0 draw but those games are one offs.

“The longer a run goes on the more expectation there is it’s going to get broken.

“I think it will be broken this weekend, I really do believe that.

“It’s just one of those things, it just needs one win and I reckon Morecambe will go on a run against Accrington.”

Amond knows however it is going to be a tough game after his former side picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

He said: “It’s obviously good for them to have got the first win.

“But take the Cheltenham defeat away and we were nine games unbeaten, we’re up at the right end of the table and Accrington are struggling a bit but they’re like a wounded animal at the moment.

“They’re unbeaten in three games and are starting to click a little bit so it’s going to be a tough game and one I’m really looking forward to.

“It’s all about how you bounce back and if we win we really cement our place in the play-off positions.”

Amond admits he isn’t sure what kind of reaction he will get from fans who cheered his name for two years but says he is only focused on securing three points for his new side.

He said: “I’d like to think I’m going to get some sort of decent reception from them.

“I had two good years there and really enjoyed my time.

“I got player of the year and supporters’ player of the year in my first year so hopefully I’ll get a decent one but once we get three points I don’t care.”