John Coleman hopes his Stanley players can take a leaf out of Burton Albion’s book in the future and be challenging for promotion.
The Brewers are back at the top of League Two and aiming to go up automatically ahead of tomorrow’s game at the Pirelli Stadium.
The two sides have met many times over the years in both league and non-league football and the Stanley manager is pleased to see Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team succeeding.
“It’s nice when you’ve grown up with a team when you see them prospering,” he said. “Hopefully we can do what they’ve done this year next year.
“For getting themselves in and establishing themselves, there’s not a doubt that these two teams are a great advert for non-league sides moving into the Football League.
“They’ve got a good infrastructure there, they’ve got a good fan base. They’ve got obviously the best training facilities in the land. It wouldn’t surprise me if they did well in League One.”
Though the Brewers look on course for promotion, Coleman is keen to mastermind back to back victories against them after a 1-0 win at the Store First Stadium last month.
“It was pleasing to beat them here because of the commitment the players showed,” explained the manager. “Considering we hadn’t worked on that (3-5-2) system for long, the effort we put in, we scored a good goal and then we defended really well, and that’s pleasing, more so getting the clean sheet and we’re desperate to get more of them.
“We’ve played all the top teams and not disgraced ourselves, competed really well.
“I know we lost to Shrewsbury and Luton but there’s no way on earth we should have lost both of those games. So we can take comfort from the fact we are able to compete, now we’ve got to get our consistency, try to finish the season strong and then mount a challenge for next season.
“We don’t build these teams up to be anything better and we certainly don’t prepare any differently.
“We have been trying to concentrate more on ourselves rather than the opposition – although we do give them clips about the opposition and speak about the opposition, we try to focus more on what we’re going to do and I think the players respond better to that.”