John Coleman is calling on the superb Stanley support to make all the difference between now and the end of the season.
Over 600 made the trip to the Riverside Stadium to watch Coleman’s team narrowly defeated against the Premier League heavyweights.
And ahead of this weekend’s huge League Two game with Notts County Coley has been paying tribute to those that have come through the turnstiles throughout his time with the club.
“Ever since I walked through the door here for the first time in 1999 our fans have been absolutely fantastic,” said the manager. “They’ve grown in numbers since, grown in decibel level and we’re going to need them more than ever now.
“We desperately need them between now and the end of the season. They were fantastic the other day and I need them to be fantastic again on Saturday. I just hope that we can give them more to shout about between now and the end of the season.
“The relationship with supporters is different to how it was in 1999 because of the rise of the internet, messageboards and social media but I’m a football fan and I have criticism of my club and my manager.
“I don’t think I’m immune to criticism and the great thing about this club is that you can come here and sit and have a drink and chat to people about the game. We might not always agree but I’ll never be anything other than honest.”
Stanley go into this weekend’s clash level on points with the visitors and looking to put daylight between themselves and the bottom two.
Coley hopes there can be a repeat of the atmosphere from the last game at the Wham Stadium which saw his team take point against high flying Carlisle despite having ten men for almost all the game.
“Our fans were brilliant against Carlisle and were the main reason why we were able to see the game out in the Carlisle half and putting pressure on,” he explained. “It was as if they sucked us into the final third. We need that again in a massive game against a big club in Notts County who’ll bring a big following. We drowned out the Carlisle fans in our last game, and there were a lot of them. We have to do the same again on Saturday.
“I think people who come to watch us at home will have seen that we haven’t really been getting the results but we haven’t really been playing badly. We’re giving our all in every game. We need to get ourselves out of the mess that we’re in and only have ourselves to blame for but we have to fight our way out of it together.”