ACCRINGTON Stanley sit proudly in second spot in the Nationwide Conference - but John Coleman is still not a happy man.
Stanley have won their opening two games beating Canvey Island 1-0 last Saturday and following it up with a 1-0 victory over league newcomers Altrincham on Tuesday night.
But neither of the wins have been as convincing as the boss would like over the part-timers and he is demanding more from his team for tomorrow's trip to Cambridge, who were relegated from the Football League last season.
"We have got to get better and we will get better," said the manager, whose side are level on six points with Exeter and Morecambe.
"We can't keep turning in performances like that every week as we will lose games. It is a relief to get six points out of those games but we have to improve as a team.
"People will look and think we have had a good start and, as we are getting results, to an extent the performances are immaterial as you would take the win each time.
"But we know we can't carry on like this and it may mean I change the team around."
David Brown scored the winner against Canvey in front of a disappointing crowd of 1012 at the Interlink - Stanley's smallest home crowd in their two-year Conference campaign so far.
And defender Michael Welch has been credited with the 85th minute winner against Altrincham on Tuesday - although Matt O'Neill had claimed it while Alty's keeper also looked to get the final touch.
"We have got to be happy as we have kept two clean sheets," continued the boss, after the Alty clash. "But, although we created a number of clear cut chances, we allowed them to have too many chances and we were disjointed all over the park.
"We have watched the video and pointed out certain things to the players and showed them where we think they are going wrong. Hopefully they will take that on board and take it into Cambridge."
Coleman is confident there will be some better showings from his side so he can have it easier on the touchline as the last two games have been agony.
"It is hard but last season we started really well, got the results and tailed off later on in the season. This season we haven't started well and still got the results. If we can pick up the points when we are not playing well, I would love to see what we can do when we are playing well."
Stanley's first signing this summer, Andy Tretton, is still suffering from a bruised knee and won't be back this weekend but Coleman is confident he will make his competitive Stanley debut soon. "He is seeing a specialist this week but we do not think it is too bad," said the boss.
Both midfielders Ian Craney and Anthony Barry picked up knocks in the Altrincham game but they are expected to recover.
And the manager is keeping his fingers-crossed that keeper Stuart Jones, who has played with his ankle strapped up since the Wigan pre-season friendly, will pull through as he has put in some stunning performances so far. "He has made some great saves and showed what a good goalkeeper he is," said Coleman.
The manager sent a strong reserve team to Clitheroe on Wednesday night as the battle for places hots up.
"All those who didn't get picked in the first two games have had their chance to stake a claim for a place and we will making some decisions today," added the Reds chief.
And he was due to get the low down on Cambridge by watching their win over Hereford which was live on Sky on Tuesday night. "What we do know about them is they will be a big, powerful, strong side which we will have to counter," he said.
Meanwhile goal hero David Brown is hoping he can continue to get the goals - and seal his place in the Stanley first team. The former Hereford man came off the bench to score the winner against Canvey and started as a substitute against Altrincham.
"It is always good to score and for a striker on the opening day of the season to score the winner, it is even better," said the 26-year-old. "I was disappointed to start on the bench but the manager has got his views and he picks the team and now I have try and play my way into his plans by scoring the goals and playing well.
"We have had a good start to the season. We had been getting a few knocks in pre-season about performances and not keeping clean sheets and people were panicking but pre-season games count for absolutely nothing.
"I know the first two games haven't been the best performances but we have two wins and I always think you have got to take the positives out of any game. We rode our luck in probably both games but it is the end result that counts and we are joint top of the league."
Brown is hoping he can play a big part in the Cambridge game - especially as he is up against an old friend tomorrow. "I played with their defender Andy Duncan at Manchester United and I think they have some good players. I was surprised when they were relegated but a lot of it was down to their off the pitch troubles."