John Coleman thinks 17 more points will be enough to secure League Two football for another season but is taking nothing for granted as he prepares his team to take on Cambridge United.
Stanley moved to 33 points with Saturday’s win over Colchester United and are now four clear of the bottom two.
The manager has been doing his calculations and thinks the traditional rule of thumb for a survival line will apply for this campaign.
“I think 50 points will keep you up this year,” said Coleman. “We have to do our utmost to get those 50 points on the board as quickly as possible. It was a relief to get beyond the 30 point mark at the weekend because that can sometimes be like a weight around your neck. We need to cement our home form. We’ve won the last two and we need to continue to get good results which will hopefully lead to bigger crowds.
“We know our performances haven’t been that bad this season but we just haven’t got the results. We’ve got to keep knocking on the door. We’ve started to score goals now which is a great relief and I think if we’d had those goals earlier in the season we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in now.
“We had to start scoring goals at some point because we were making enough chances and once you start scoring goals it takes a lot of pressure off. The pressure is off the back four and the forwards play with more freedom and that leads to more attacking play.
“Teams have already this season that you can put a run together from nowhere really. Morecambe are on a good run at the moment, Wycombe and Exeter embarked on great runs and Colchester did the same. It can be done and we just have to show we can emulate them.
“Cambridge are a team who can be really good on their day like most teams in our league. We know we’re playing well, I don’t think the most ardent Cambridge fan could believe they won the game at their place which was a freak game but I think they’ve improved since then so I know it’ll be a tough game.”