John Coleman is hoping Stanley can ‘do a Wycombe’ starting at Grimsby Town on Boxing Day.

Wycombe won four of their first 15 League Two games but have since won six on the bounce to move up to sixth place in the league.

Stanley haven’t won in eight league games and have scored just two goals in that time but they more than matched league leaders Plymouth on Saturday, hitting the post and having an effort cleared off the line, but the Pilgrims made a chance count to secure the three points.

“We have to take a lot of positives from the Plymouth performance,” said Coleman. “ Any neutral coming to the ground wouldn’t have been able to tell who was top of the table and who was near the bottom.

“The league is tight and I believe we can do a Wycombe.

“It’s easy to envisage us doing it, given the way we have been playing and I think the players believe we can as well.”

Stanley play mid-table Grimsby and Crewe on their travels over the festive period with Hartlepool – just two points above the 22nd placed Reds – coming to the Wham Stadium for the first home game of 2017.

“No one will get relegated or promoted over the Christmas period but what we can do is make life easier for ourselves by having a good finish to the year,” continued the Reds boss.

“If we can, it will set us up going into the second half of the season, give us confidence that we can climb the table and make relegation an irrelevance.

“We will be training Christmas Day and we won’t be doing anything differently preparation wise – the only thing we will hopefully do differently is score goals and win some games.

“We are capable of putting a run together and we have got to start somewhere so why not Grimsby?”