Sean McConville knows Stanley need to get some consistency if they are to go one better than last season.

In May, the Reds missed out on automatic promotion by minutes – with Stanley failing to score and Bristol Rovers firing home an injury-time winner to send the Pirates straight up before John Coleman’s side missed out in the play-offs.

Winger McConville admits it hurt – and still hurts – and knows if they are to put that to bed this campaign they need to find form week in week out.

This weekend it’s a trip to fourth placed Luton who are going for at least a top seven finish.

“We have been a bit of a yo-yo team so far this season,” said the 27-year-old. “We have been poor one week and good the next week.

“And we have especially been good away from home and poor at home and we need to get some consistency, especially at home. If we do that, we will shoot up the table.”

Last season’s trip to Luton should have been a turning point for Stanley if the campaign hadn’t ended so devastatingly.

The Reds won 2-0 in April with goals from Scott Brown and Terry Gornell which was, at the time, a massive boost in their top three push.

“When we won at Luton last year, I think we really believed we were going straight up. The atmosphere in the changing room reflected that as we were singing and really thought we were going to do it.

“We had kept the crowd quiet for 20 minutes, which is always the aim, and then played our game and got three points – and hopefully we can do the same on Saturday.

“Luton are a good team, with top players and one of the biggest budgets in the league but they have nothing we will be scared off. In fact we have got to go and embrace that and it does tend to be Accrington’s way – we do play better against the ‘bigger’ teams.

“We need to pick up wins now to make sure we are in a good position leading up to Christmas as the table usually takes shape in January.”