John Coleman wants his players to understand the value of every win as they look to stay in League Two and thinks the Reds are far from safe yet.
Stanley sit six points outside the bottom two ahead of tomorrow’s game with Barnet at the Wham Stadium.
But the manager wants to keep climbing away from danger and not be left relying on games in hand or results for other teams.
“You don’t want to end up finishing third from bottom do you?” he said. “You want to have clear daylight. One of the things that is crucial is to win. If you look at Newport they’re sort of semi-marooned and yet they’ve probably only lost two of their last ten but they keep drawing. Drawing doesn’t get you away from danger.
“People equate games in hands to wins but all they actually are is games in hand. If you don’t win them they just damage your goal difference. As it stands now we have to hope that the teams below us don’t win games and we do win games. What happens then is within the space of two weeks that six point cushion can become 12.
“On the counter to that, the six points can quickly become nothing if you don’t win and they do. That’s how important three points can be and that’s what you have to fight hard for every win.”
Three of Stanley’s current run of four matches unbeaten have been draws but Coley is aware of the fine margins between one point and three and thinks his players are ready to start converting one into the other.
“I think if we’d scored earlier on in the first half against Wycombe we would probably have been out of sight,” continued the manager. “We just have to keep going. We have another massive game this weekend. The players are enthused now. I think they’re enjoying playing and enjoying the challenge.
“I think they’re looking forward to every game now to be honest because we’re actually playing well. When you’re playing well you can’t wait for the games to come and when you’re struggling you maybe shy away from the games.
“Barnet are a decent side though I still don’t know how we lost away from home to them. We conspired to give them two goals and missed a few chances ourselves. We know a lot about them but we also know we’ve hit a bit of form ourselves and our players can’t wait to get out there.”