John Coleman and his players can’t wait for Saturday’s trip to Stevenage after an enforced lay off due to the weather.

Last weekend’s scheduled league game with Wycombe was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, meaning that the Reds last took to the field a fortnight ago in the FA Cup defeat at Portsmouth.

And ahead of departing for Hertfordshire tomorrow, the manager has explained that everyone in the squad is like a coiled spring.

“I think we’re like a gang of school kids who’ve been on three days’ wet playtime,” he laughed. “We’re climbing the walls to be honest.

“It’s been three weeks without a league game, which is too long for me, and when you’re doing so well like we have been doing in the league it’s really frustrating that you can’t build on that.

“And I just hope that the Portsmouth game wasn’t a blip in that we didn’t play anywhere near as well as we can and we get back to the levels of performance that we’ve been turning in on away trips in the league, because we’ve been excellent away from home and hopefully that can continue.”

Stanley will hope to continue a run of league form that has seen them go unbeaten in six matches.

Now Coleman is hoping for a response to their loss at Fratton Park and another invaluable three points on the board.

“Players react to getting rewards when they play,” he said. “If they see what they’re doing is paying off they’re more likely to do it more and more and they can quickly forget about it.

“We’ve got to hope that the Portsmouth game was a one-off and we’ve got to get back to playing the type of football I know we can play, and I know then that we can be a match for any team we play.

“We’re going to play Stevenage at probably the wrong time of the season but I’m a firm believer that whenever you have to play them, you play them and don’t moan about it.”