John Coleman knows it’s a big ask – but he is targeting five wins in their last six games in a bid make the League Two play-offs.

The 13th placed Reds take on in-form Crewe Alexandra at the Wham Stadium on Saturday, seven points off seventh spot.

They are on a 12 game unbeaten run but Coleman admits 17th-placed Crewe will be one of the toughest games of the season as they have won four of their last six games under Dave Artell.

“Crewe are one of the in-form teams in the league and they will be coming here to play with a lot of freedom as they have no chance of the drop,” said Coleman, who has been nominated for Sky Bet Manager of the Month for March, to be announced tomorrow.

“They always play some good football and everyone will be expecting us to win as, for most other games, we have been the underdogs.

“I think, to get into the play-offs, we probably have to win five and draw one of our last six games and that’s a big ask.

“But strange things happen in football and, since I have been at Accrington, we have had some good run-ins and hopefully this will be another one.

“To think a couple of months ago, we were two points off the drop zone and the players deserve a huge pat on the back to get mathematically safe so quickly. If we can replicate the form of the last seven games in the last six, we have got a chance.”

Shay McCartan is up for Sky Bet Player of the Month for March, after scoring six goals in the month.

“I think it’s the most consecutive number of games of football Shay has played in his life and, by his own admission, he has been inconsistent,” added Coleman.

“Shay has now got that consistency and, as well as his goals, he looks a threat on the pitch and he is starting to last the full 90 minutes.

“His free kicks are exceptional which he is why he is now catching the eye but he is a very good player and will get better.”