John Coleman hopes that tomorrow’s game with Carlisle United can see his Stanley side end their winless run and all lingering thoughts of the relegation places.
The Reds haven’t taken three points in their last eight outings and sit eight points clear of the bottom two in League Two.
They impressed in the 1-1 draw at Morecambe on Friday with ten men and the manager now wants to build on that with a win.
“The Easter weekend means you play a couple of games in a short space of time and it can be defining for some teams,” he said. “We hope that it’s defining for us.
“I hope we can take some momentum from our performance at Morecambe and take heart from the spirit that we showed and the determination and work rate that we put in. We’ve tapered training over the weekend so that we’re ready and I’m looking forward to Monday and the players are too.
“Carlisle tend to travel well and that lends itself to a good atmosphere. We’ve got to thrive on that and get ourselves over the finishing line now. We desperately want to win, we haven’t won in eight now and we want to change that quickly.
“If someone gave me six more draws from now until the end of the season that would do it because that would be six points but you don’t want to do it like that. You want to win your games and we want that to start on Monday.”
Coleman will have to make at least one change at the Store First Stadium and is open minded about who might come into his side.
“Terry Gornell’s suspended for three matches now so someone has to replace him,” he added. “That’s an opportunity for someone. They have to work hard in training to get themselves in the position to get the shirt, like Piero Mingoia did to get his opportunity. You have to take the chance and stay in the team.