Ahead of this afternoon’s derby with Fleetwood Town, James Beattie has been reflecting on the state of League Two.
Stanley are 18th in the division at the half way point in the season ahead of the trip to the Highbury Stadium and the manager is in confident mood.
“We’ve played everyone now and you know what I’m like, I believe in the players in there and don’t think we have anything to fear,” he explained.
“We’re developing as a team and as a club and I believe that if we can turn up on the day mentally prepared there’s no doubting their ability and we can beat anyone in the division.”
Today the Reds face a Fleetwood side gunning for promotion to League One and Beattie is in no doubt about how big their task is.
“This is a very tough game for us,” he said. “We played Fleetwood at home not so long ago and that was another massive stepping stone for the lads mentally. They are a very good side and we’ll have to be on our mettle to go over there put the performance in and get the result that we want.
“The players were disappointed at drawing on Sunday and that’s a marker of how far we’ve come and how much the lads expect of themselves. That’s brilliant to see. They don’t take for granted that they’ll put good performances in but they expect it from themselves and each other.
“We’ve done all the work and preparation necessary and I’ll just be telling them to go out there, express themselves and enjoy it. I always tried to play football with a smile on my face and that’s when I played my best so I try to encourage the lads to do the same.”