John Coleman knows his side need to get off to a flying start as 10th placed Colchester United visit the Wham Stadium tomorrow.

The Reds made a slow start at Portsmouth on Saturday, losing 2-0, but raced into a two-goal lead at Mansfield within the first 30 minutes before being pegged back to 4-4 on Tuesday night.

“I feel we showed tremendous character on Tuesday after an abject half an hour at Portsmouth,” said Coleman.

“Mansfield had a strong defensive record but you could see our desire to score goals and we could have had more as we wasted chances, their keeper made some great saves and we hit the woodwork.

“Scoring goals has been a problem this season but we have shown, if we can get it right, I am convinced we can climb up the table.

“I was impressed with our determined start on Tuesday and we need to do it every game.”

Colchester won seven of their eight League Two games over November and December to go into the play-off places but have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games.

“I think Colchester are archetypal of League Two. They can beat anyone on their day but, on another day, they can be beaten by anyone,” continued Coleman.

“They have had injury problems but they will be aiming for the play-offs while we will be going out to win every game between now and the end of the season to stay up.

“It’s vital we start getting three points on the board as we are only one point away from the bottom two and, while we have two games in hand, you can’t count on that.”

Former Stanley striker Kurtis Guthrie returns to the Wham Stadium and he has scored 11 goals this season.

He came over to Accrington from Jersey in 2011-12 and spent a season under Coleman.

“We always knew he had the ability and that’s why we signed him,” said the Stanley boss. “It was possibly a couple of years too early as he had to settle down in his lifestyle.

“It is good to see him making a football career though.”

Coleman has defender Janoi Donacien suspended for tomorrow but had experienced midfielder Scott Brown and defender Matty Pearson back on Tuesday and they made a difference.

“They have a great attitude and we needed that after Saturday’s performance. Matty Pearson could have had a hat-trick on Tuesday and he is still hurting from that. You know what you are going to get from both of them which is why they are important to us.”

Meanwhile Coleman is calling for the fans to make it a cup final atmosphere at home between now and the end of the season.

“We saw what an impact the home crowd can have at Mansfield on Tuesday and we need our home fans to have a similar impact.”