Stanley boss John Coleman graciously admitted that his team’s opponents were the better team during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Carlisle.
The Reds went down to two first half goals and the result meant they have not won at Brunton Park in their last five meetings.
The defeat also saw Stanley slip out of the play-off positions but Coleman was relaxed about the result.
“Sometimes things go for you and sometimes they go against you. There wasn’t a great deal in the game, I thought they were better than us in the first half,” Coleman told the club’s official website.
“We don’t like losing. I’m not going to be a good loser as I think anyone who is a good loser is a loser.
“We have to lose with dignity and we have to accept it. Some days you have got to applaud the opposition.
“They capitalised on the element of luck that they had and took the chances well.
“You have to give the opponents credit, they were on the front foot, and they closed us down. To be honest, we didn’t really threaten them enough.”
Coleman pointed out the moment in which he thought his side missed the chance to get back into the game, but is hopeful of taking revenge against Carlisle when the teams meet again next week.
“We have had a headed chance by Billy Kee and we probably should have had a penalty. They absorbed what we could throw at them in the second half so we take our hat off to them and we applaud them for the win,” said Coleman.
“The way their players were celebrating and some of the comments they made coming down the tunnel, I think they were celebrating prematurely. Let’s hope we show them a different animal next time.
“We went there to try and win the game and we’ll try and win on Saturday against Crawley and we’ll try and win on Tuesday against Carlisle again. But this time I’d like to think they will see a different Accrington and maybe we will get the rub of the green.”
Accrington’s boss had come in for some unfair criticism in December after he voiced his unhappiness at the Football League giving permission to Carlisle to play their home games at neutral venues after the recent floods.
Stanley had several games at home postponed due to waterlogged pitches and Coleman stood by his point.
“There’s no problem with me. People will read into whatever they want to but anybody who knows football, will know the comments I made were genuine football comments. I had a very valid point and lots of people in the game agreed entirely with me.” said Coleman.