John Coleman has a lot of admiration for Exeter boss Paul Tisdale – but he is out to get one over on him on Saturday.
Exeter are yet to get off the mark this season having lost their opening three league games while Stanley have four points on the board.
Tisdale is the longest serving manager in the EFL, just starting his 11th season in charge with the Grecians after taking them from the Conference into League One before they moved back into League Two.
“I have got a lot of time for Paul, he knows this league inside out and he is capable of producing young, hungry players,” said Coleman. “He is good for football and he likes his teams to get the ball down and play football, similar to us.
“They have got a reputation for playing good football and I like to think we have as well which should make it conducive to a good game of football on Saturday with plenty of chances created – I hope it’s not 0-0 now!”
With four home games on the bounce – league games with Exeter and Morecambe, an EFL Cup clash with Burnley and an EFL Trophy clash with Crewe – Coleman knows it’s important to turn on the style at the Wham Stadium.
“We need to win our home games, we need to turn the Wham Stadium into a fortress, but teams will come here and pose us problems. This league is open as you can see every week with unfancied teams beating fancied teams.
“I am always governed by how we play and we haven’t dominated any of our home games yet this season and, to take the next step forward, this is something we need to do.
“While the loss at Barnet was false as we didn’t play like I know we can, our performance was a lot better on Tuesday in the 1-1 draw with Wycombe.
“We had a lot of possession around their box, especially in the second half, and now we need to turn that into goals to keep improving.”