John Coleman admits the difference between this season and last is simply ‘putting the ball in the net.’
The Reds only missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of last season but, in this campaign, Stanley have faced a battle at the lower end of the table.
“Simply, it is just putting the ball in the net,” said Coleman. “I think we have played as well as we did last season but we have not been clinical enough and ultimately that has cost us.
“Luck has a big part of football, I think we are creating the same number of chances but sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t and you are scratching your head.
“I believe we have had a team this year that could have challenged for promotion and, if we stay in the league this year, we will be going all out to get promotion next season.
“I would say though that this year has been a freak year. Last year, where we may have got the rub of the green to an extent on incidents, this year is the complete opposite.
“We got a number of penalties for us last year and we haven’t got as many this year, while we have had more penalties against us.
“We have also had more sendings off this year compared to last season and we are not a physical or dirtier team.
“It can all stack up and it’s a combination of incidents which can go for you or go against you and this year they seem to have gone against us.
“We believe we won’t go down this season, we believe we are capable of winning enough games to stay up but you can never say never.”