Stanley defender Harvey Rodgers believes tonight’s game with Cambridge could be crucial if the Reds are to make a late charge up the League Two table.

John Coleman’s side are ten points from the play-off places and 16 clear of the bottom two ahead of kick off at the Wham Stadium in what is their game in hand.

A challenge for the top seven at this late stage seems unlikely but while it remains mathematically possible the Hull City loanee thinks they must aim high.

“This game is massive,” said the 20-year-old. “If we win this who knows where we can finish? One last push for a higher placed finish, top half, put pressure on the play-offs maybe. You could say it’s a must win for ambitions of getting up there. If we lose it could finish those ambitions off.

“We just have to worry about ourselves. From what I’ve seen anyone can beat anyone and if that gap went down to seven points I think teams could drop seven points in the remaining games. We just have to hope that our form can carry on.”

For Rodgers it has been a first taste of regular first team football and he believes that with the team on a ten match unbeaten run his confidence, and that of the team, is growing with every match.

“Even when we went down to ten men at Yeovil we still felt that we could win the game,” he explained. “We have that belief and feel that we can beat anyone. I think we’re showing that.

“I feel like with every game I’m getting more comfortable at right back. There’s not too much difference really, you get a bit more licence going forward and the one v one defending is a bit harder but I’m enjoying it.

“I’ve never played Saturday-Tuesday like this so regularly. It’s been mad and the legs ache a bit but it’s enjoyable.”