Connor Ripley believes that Accrington Stanley are capable of challenging for a League One Play-Off place.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper has had loan spells at Oxford United, Bradford, Motherwell, Oldham, Bury and Saturday’s opponents Burton Albion, and admits that Stanley’s style has surprised him.
“When I first came here I thought it could be a case of trying to keep the club up,” said Ripley, “but in the time I’ve been here I really don’t think that’s the ambition. The ambition is to make the Play-Offs.
“I think we can do that, I really do.
“The players that we’ve got here, and the style of play that we have is brilliant.
“Why can’t we get in the Play-Offs? It’s 11 men versus another 11 men. I’m really up for it and I’m really excited at what this club can do.”
Ripley is on loan from Middlesbrough, and is pleased to have established himself as Stanley’s first choice shot-stopper having made five league starts since joining the Reds at the beginning of August.
“There’s tough competition. Jonny Maxted is breathing down my neck,” he said.
“Unfortunately he had that Mansfield game but if you look at the goals there isn’t really a lot he could have done.
“He’s a good goalkeeper, a strong goalkeeper and you can’t just dismiss that because of that game.
“I’m happy being the number one, but it’s up to me to keep that position and keep Jonny out.
“As much as I like Jonny I don’t want him in my position. It’s my position and I want to keep it.”