WOUNDED Accrington Stanley attempt to get the wheels back on their championship bandwagon tomorrow when they entertain Marine.
The Merseysiders have struggled in the bottom six for most of the season but Stanley won't be taking anything for granted after last Saturday's 5-1 mauling at Gateshead.
Stanley have a magnificent home record and have won their last six at the Crown Ground since drawing with Worksop in October.
They look to complete a double tomorrow after beating Marine 3-0 away in the heady days of August when Stanley launched their campaign with a record-breaking nine straight wins.
Only two sides have left the Crown Ground with so much as a point all season But their dodgy away form - no wins in any competition since early September - is threatening to undermine John Coleman's side's promotion charge.
Coleman said: "After a defeat like last weeks, which was largely down to silly individual mistakes, the players just want to bounce back and start winning again. It's irrelevent whether the match is at home or away, they want to win the next game and get back on a winning run."
With a healthy lead and games in hand on some of their rivals, there's no panic as yet but Stanley can afford few slip-ups if they are to maintain the position of superiority they have enjoyed all season.
Manager John Coleman has no fresh injury or suspension worries and could even welcome back Mike Marsh into the fold tomorrow.
Marsh played around 70 minutes of the friendly away at Bacup Borough's newly-reopened West View ground on Tuesday, as did long-term absentee defender Steve Hollis. Goals from Andy Procter and David Robinson gave Reds a 2-0 win at Bacup.
Stanley completed the signing of Morecambe midfielder Andy Gouck earlier this week. The 30-year-old former Blackpool captain has had a successful spell on loan at the Crown Ground and has signed until the end of the present season.
He was dogged by flu over the Christmas period and had to come off at half-time during the Gateshead game last Saturday but Coleman is delighted to have tied up a deal to bring the left-sided player to Accrington permanently.
Marine have recently signed striker Lee Furlong from Burscough.
Next Wednesday Stanley entertain Conference side Southport in the Second Round of the LFA Marsden Cup (Kick-off at the Crown Ground 7.45pm). The winners of that tie will be at home to Fleetwood Town or Lancaster City in the Third Round.
The Third Round ties are due to take place in the week commencing Monday 27 January.
Stanley will now travel to Burscough on Saturday 25 January in the UniBond League fixture that was postponed earlier in the month due to a frozen pitch.
Stanley's Kieran Killacy is in the LFA Youth squad to play Cumberland a week tomorrow at the County Ground, Thurston Road, Leyland, in the Northern Counties Youth Championships. That match kicks off at 2pm.