Captain Seamus Conneely is confident Stanley can keep their form going to secure the coveted third automatic promotion spot.

The Reds moved into the top three for the first time this season with Saturday’s 2-0 win at Luton.

With five games of the regular season to go, John Coleman’s side are two points ahead of fourth placed Bristol Rovers and are now focusing on getting revenge on Morecambe who beat Stanley for the first time in the league in 10 years in August.

“It’s been our aim all year to try and break into the top three, the gaffer said we had to be focused on trying to break into the top three, and now we have, it’s more a statement to ourselves than to the other teams,” said the Stanley skipper.

“If we win all our games now we will be up and it’s a great feeling to have – but we know it’s one game at a time.”

The Reds are one of the in-form teams of the division, with seven games unbeaten and three aways wins on the spin, as they welcome Jim Bentley’s side to the Wham Stadium on Saturday.

“There is usually one team every year who has a run whether it’s avoiding relegation or breaking into the play-offs or gaining promotion and seven unbeaten sounds good,” continued Conneely.

“Hopefully we can carry it on against Morecambe. I know it’s a cliché but it’s five cup finals.

“Morecambe is a local derby, we have no midweek game so we have plenty of time to prepare, and we will be aiming for a win.

“We believe we can win. We have had the belief all year that we can go up automatically.

“The games have been coming and going and we have been ticking them off and getting the good results.

“We believe we are as good as anyone in the division. We have shown it a few times that we can stand up to the teams with the bigger budgets and fan bases. Hopefully we will achieve something this year.”