John Coleman thinks it would be great to see Newport survive against all the odds in League Two – but not if they have to beat his Stanley side to achieve it.

The Reds travel to Rodney Parade tomorrow to take on a County side still second from bottom and on their third manager of the campaign but suddenly within one point of climbing out of the relegation places.

Coleman believes survival would be an amazing achievement for the Exiles.

“There’s always one team who looks dead and buried and makes a miraculous recovery,” he said. “Look at Hartlepool a couple of seasons ago. It would be good to see someone do that again this time, just not at the expense of us.

“Sometimes things can be levelled at the players when a manager goes and there’s an upturn in form – you only have to look at Leicester for that – but it does still take a certain amount of organisation so you have to take your hat off to Michael Flynn and what he’s done there.

“I think at one stage they were about 12 or 14 points from safety so to now be a point away from climbing out of the bottom two is fantastic.

“They’ll be believing that a win tomorrow can pull them out of the relegation zone, which should lend itself to a good game. Historically we’ve struggled against teams who have put everyone behind the ball and been difficult to break down but I don’t think a draw is much good to Newport. I think they’ll need to win.

“We’ll be going out with the same attitude, going to win the game and so it should make for an entertaining game. It’ll be a great day, a good game and a great atmosphere.”

The Rodney Parade playing surface has received plenty of attention this season, with little of it favourable but Coley is refusing to acknowledge that may be a factor when the game kicks off.

“A lot will be made of the pitch but it’s the same for both teams,” he explained. “I’m not going to be getting het up over the pitch and worried about it. We’ve got good players who can play on any surface and if we get it right we can give anyone a game.

“Hopefully our game will come through like it did last year. Their pitch was horrendous last year, we played some excellent football and won the game.”