John Coleman wants to see his side turn domination into more goals and has challenged his side to start putting ‘daylight’ between themselves and opponents.

Stanley led twice at the Lamex Stadium on Tuesday night but couldn’t find a killer goal, something which later cost them as Stevenage scored two late goals to win 3-2.

Speaking ahead of the Reds trip to play Crewe the manager was asked for his thoughts on the season so far.

“Promising start, could do better,” said Coleman. “At times in games we’ve looked breathtaking but within 10 minutes in that same game we end up hanging on.

“We’ve got to find that right balance between attack and defence, the disappointing thing is that we get into a winning position but we don’t go and do what Luton have been doing in recent weeks and putting daylight between ourselves and the opposition.

“We have a tendency to just try and see out a one-goal margin, we did that well against Coventry but you can’t do that each and every week and there are sides who are capable of hurting you and luck will transpire against you at times.”

Operating on one of the smallest budgets in the division, Stanley still sit in fifth place but Coleman believes his men are capable of even better than a place in the play-offs.

“It was made very clear at the start of the season that promotion is our only aim,” he said. “I think that the lads have bought into it and they are acting like promotion candidates, we aren’t going to go away that’s for sure – we’ve got to try and get ourselves into those automatic slots and you only do that by winning.

“We’ve got good experience in the dressing room but I’d like us to be a bit louder out on the pitch, I like to hear the players opinions and I like to know what led them to make the decisions that they make and it’s important that we have an open-door policy for players to speak.”