John Coleman has his sights set on second spot – but he knows his side need to hit top form in every one of the 16 League Two clashes remaining.
Stanley face Barnet at home this weekend and also still have to play promotion rivals Portsmouth and Plymouth at home, Wycombe home and away with also a trip to in-form AFC Wimbledon next month.
Northampton are running away with top spot and Coleman is hoping the Reds can topple Plymouth as runners-up but he knows, whoever they play, every win is now vital.
“It is in our hands and we can finish second if we beat Plymouth and match their results,” said Coleman. “It is unlikely we will win every game between now and the end of the season but neither will every other team.
“We are four games unbeaten and teams will hit form or lose form over the next month or so and we have to aim to emulate the teams that do well or else our position in the league will be in jeopardy.
“We know that, if we have a run of three or four games without a win, it could see us out of the play-offs so we have to focus on every game and how important every three points are.”
Coleman admitted he might have been harsh on his side after their 3-2 win over Notts County on Tuesday. The Reds were 3-0 up before County came back with Stanley holding on at the end. Coleman said on the night he was ‘furious’ but he has revised his opinion.
“I have watched the video and there are areas I should be upset about but I thought they had more chances near the end when I was in the dug-outs.
“When I have watched it again, it didn’t match that although there are still areas we can improve on and things we can iron out and we will be putting plans in place to do that.”