John Coleman is relishing today’s trip to Meadow Lane as he looks to guide his Stanley side to back-to-back League Two wins.
Victory over Mansfield in midweek has boosted confidence in the ranks and the Reds now take on recently relegated Notts County on their home patch.
On paper it’s one of the most daunting trips in the fourth tier but one that the manager is looking forward to.
“I love going there,” he said. “I’ve had a win, a defeat and a draw there so I’ve had a bit of everything but I know if we get our passing game going then the conditions should suit us.
“We played really well there last year in the FA Cup but it’s a totally different Notts side and our side will probably be totally different as well.”
The Magpies have been totally overhauled over the summer, with new manager Ricardo Moniz bringing in a raft of new signings and many players leaving the club.
Coleman expects the opponents to be something of an unknown quantity during the first part of the season as the Dutchman looks to shape his team.
“It’s a big challenge for him,” explained Coley. “When you’re trying to get a group of players in it’s difficult and it must be harder when you don’t have experience of managing in the league before. It’s good to have the knowledge of seeing players first hand and to be able to bring in players that you know.
“It’ll be eleven against eleven on the day. They’ll be desperate to get their season going, we’ll be desperate to cement what could turn out to be a good start to the season.
“It always helps to try to quieten the crowd early on but we just need to go there and see how the game pans out. We want to stamp our authority on the game. We’re certainly not going there to draw, we’re aiming to win. We’ll be doing our best to get that win.”