John Coleman is under no illusions about the difficult prospect of a trip to Port Vale on Tuesday night.
Managerless Vale, who were relegated to the fourth tier in May, parted company with Michael Brown earlier this month following a run of poor results that saw them slip to bottom of League Two.
But Coleman is wary that they are a side packed with League One experience and says he is expecting a reaction from both the players and supporters at Vale Park.
“I am surprised to see Port Vale where they are,” said Coleman. “I’ve already watched them first hand this season so I know what they’re about and how they play, they’ve dropped down for League One in the summer and they will be a dangerous opposition.
“Every team in this league are capable of beating one another and putting a run together, it will be difficult but we are confident that we can put our stamp on the game and come away with a positive result. We went to Chesterfield under similar circumstances and managed to pick up all three points.”
Coleman will be looking for a reaction from his side after the 1-1 draw with Cheltenham on Saturday and the manager knows what he wants from his side.
“We’ve got to start keeping clean sheets,” said Coleman, whose side have only kept one league clean sheet this season. “The successful teams in this league keep a raft of clean sheets and we need to get that into our armoury.
“When it clicks we look really good, I don’t think we’ve had a game yet where we have hit our levels for the full 90 minutes and I can’t wait to see that happen because I think we could really cause teams some problems.
“I think it’s good to have a Tuesday game immediately following Saturday’s draw to get it out of our system, we’re doing a lot of things right at the moment and if we can fashion a win at Port Vale then we got back to having a two points per game ratio and that’s our target.”