John Coleman says this only problem with Stanley’s crunch clash with Stevenage is that it’s on Saturday.

The Reds manager wants the match to go ahead now as he admits the waiting is tough.

If second placed Stanley beat Stevenage on Saturday, they will be promoted to League One in front of a sell-out home crowd. If not, and other results go against them, then Stanley will face the lottery of the play-offs.

“This week has really dragged,” said Coleman. “Saturday cannot come quick enough for me. We have been preparing all week but it’s just taking an age to get to Saturday.”

The Reds will play in front of a huge crowd packed into the Wham Stadium, most of whom are expecting to see Stanley promoted.

However, Coleman knows it’s not that simple and he and his squad have to keep calm as Stevenage are one of the in-form teams in the league.

“We have to guard against the fact that everyone is turning up to see us promoted and to party,” said Coleman. “We have 90 minutes against a very good team who are hitting form at the wrong time for us.

“Saying that, the lads are showing no outward signs of nerves or complacency. We are preparing like we would for any other game but the lads are confident.

“I wouldn’t swap my squad with any other team in the league, and that includes Northampton. I know it will be a difficult game but we are all keen to get the job done.”

Coleman is hoping his side will entertain the crowd with the free-flowing football they have been playing all season.

“I want us to play like we can, be on the front foot, with a high tempo and energy. When we do, it’s a joy to watch.

“These players are on the verge of creating history and they know they will never get this 90 minutes back so they have got to give their all and make the most of it.

“I know it’s not a foregone conclusion that we will win and that’s what I will be drumming into the players.”