John Coleman is expecting to see the best of his Accrington Stanley side as they travel to unbeaten Carlisle tomorrow.
The Reds boss admits this season has so far been hit and miss with one win in their five league games but he expects his side to be on top form for their trip to Cumbria.
“We seem to slip into a mode – the less challenging the game, the sloppier we become,” said Coleman.
“We have to quickly alleviate this which we will. I have got every faith in the players we have got here.
“We switched off against Exeter and Barnet and we have got to get on an even keel – it’s either incredibly high or incredibly low at the moment and we have got to even it out.
“I think also people underestimate the element of luck in football. When it goes with you, it’s great but when it goes against you it debilitates you.
“We have had some slices of luck along the way. We were lucky to an extent on the opening day against Doncaster, we were fortunate to beat Bradford in the EFL Cup and we slightly rode our luck against Burnley in the cup.
“In the league games since Doncaster, we have had nothing but if you keep working hard and keep playing on the front foot it will go your way and you will have more decisions go for you than against you.
“This time last season we have six penalties. We have had around six penalty shouts so far this season and not had any of them.
“But I do not want to hide behind luck or use it as an excuse – you have got to make it go for you.
“We have the ability and we have shown character this season to dig in when needed, it’s a tough game against Carlisle but we are generally better in these games and it should bring the best out of us.”
Stanley haven’t won at Brunton Park since the 1950s but Coleman is confident of changing this.
“For the last two seasons we have lost to off-side goals there. They have had a good start to the season and got good players. But, if we play like we can, it should be a good, open entertaining game and hopefully we will come out on top.”
Striker Terry Gornell could be back in the fold after injury while Jordan Clark, Scott Brown and Chris Eagles are doubtful.