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ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman wants the resurgent Reds to cap a fantastic week by getting into the winning habit on their travels.

DRESSING-room celebrations for Stanley on Sunday
DRESSING-room celebrations for Stanley on Sunday

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman wants the resurgent Reds to cap a fantastic week by getting into the winning habit on their travels.

With FA Cup success over Third Division Huddersfield on Sunday and victory over the then Conference leaders Hereford on Tuesday, it has been a memorable week for the heroic Stanley. But now Coleman knows they have got to start making sure they pick up a few three pointers away from home - starting with the trip to Stevenage on Saturday.

The Reds have only won one of their away games this season - the dramatic 1-0 win over Dagenham - and have drawn five of their eight trips. And Coleman is desperate for them to boost their bid for a play-off spot by getting rid of any travel sickness.

"It has been a great week for the club. Sunday was a fantastic day for everyone but Hereford was just as important to the club - and the lads were outstanding," said the proud Stanley chief.

"But I think picking up three points here and there on our travels can be the difference between making the play-offs and not. We need good away form to compliment the solid home displays."

The one disappointment from Tuesday's win was that Stanley didn't move further up the league - they remain in seventh place.

"We want the play-offs - that is what we are aiming for. You need a serious goal and if the players are aware that that is what the club are trying to achieve, then the lads will respond to it. We did it last year, we set our stall out to win the UniBond Premier Division from the word go and now we want to be in the play-offs.

"It is disappointing we haven't moved up the league but we have just got to keep chipping away. Everyone above us won't win every game and we have got to make sure we stay up there. And by winning we can try and keep those below us at arms length. We can't afford any slip ups."

While Andy Gouck wrote the national headlines with his last gasp goal against Huddersfield it was Stanley's double act Lutel James and Paul Mullin who made their impact for the 2-0 win over Hereford. And Coleman couldn't hide his delight at how his hitman have carried on their form from last season.

"I told Lutel I fancied him to score against Hereford despite him not being too happy about going back to the right wing. But it has again paid dividends. And Paul never stops working, he deserves any goal he gets as he would go through a brick wall for you. He did on Sunday and he did again on Tuesday night."

Coleman will demand more of the same at eighth-placed Stevenage although they, like Stanley, are on a high. They beat Second Division Stockport County 2-1 in the FA Cup and travel to Swansea City in round two.

"Their dangerman is probably Dino Maamria who we know well from his days at Leigh RMI. I have tried to sign him in the past and he can be a real threat," continued Coleman. "But we have our own dangerman and if we play like we did on Tuesday then I am confident."

Defender Steve Halford is suspended for the clash. Coleman had hoped to appeal against Halford's sending off at Gravesend but there was no video of the incident.


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