John Coleman will take a leaf out of Albert Einstein’s book as he prepares his troops for tomorrow’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.
Stanley were beaten 3-0 by Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park last Saturday, passing up a host of opportunities and conceding soft goals along the way.
It’s a pattern Coleman is determined to nip in the bud – and if that means changing his team’s approach, he’s prepared to do it.
“You go with Einstein’s theory of madness if you keep doing the same things and expecting different results,” he said.
“I’m not that narrow minded or blinkered – but we could play the Tranmere game again now and it could be a different result.
“If we had taken our chances we’d be talking about the positives, not the negatives, but that has been a problem for us all season, we have been wasteful in front of goal.
“Since I’ve been back I can’t remember us hitting the target with a free kick, which is embarrassing with the ability we have got.
“You have one of two choices, you go away or you stick your chest out fighting against Wimbledon.
“That will be a big game because they lost 3-1 against Carlisle on Saturday.
“They will be looking for a reaction, I’ll be looking for a reaction and I have confidence in the players that they are capable of doing that. The whole squad is capable of that reaction.”
Coleman insisted the blame for Stanley’s poor show at Tranmere rested with him, suggesting he may not have afforded the Merseysiders the respect they deserved.
“I feel I’ve got to take a lot of the blame for not having the players up for it which isn’t like me, you felt it meant more to them than us to be honest and that’s disappointing,” he said.
“I’ll blame myself; I didn’t beat the lads with a stick and haven’t left enough stones unturned.
“We’re training really well all week but, I don’t know, I can be guilty of getting a bit cocky and a bit carried away and thinking we’re better than we are and not giving Tranmere the respect they deserved.”
Coleman spent a long time in the changing room after the game talking to his players and he accepts his side must improve at the back.
“Defensively there’s something wrong, we conceded another three soft goals,” he said. “Tranmere will think they’re good goals, but they’re not, they’re our mistakes.
“There’s something not right. We’ve got good defenders but we’re not defending properly. I’ve got to look at myself and take the responsibility for the defeat.
“We went through every facet of the way Tranmere would play, but maybe I’m guilty of thinking we were better than them, and on the day they were ruthless in front of goal and we were wasteful and we gifted them goals.”
Debutant Seamus Conneely endured a baptism of fire at Prenton Park, but Coleman is confident he will come good.
“Lay a little bit of blame on Seamus for the first goal,” he said.
“But, over a period of time, he’ll be a good asset to the club.”
Coleman did think that Accrington had been denied a penalty when Shay McCartan was brought down, which the referee deemed to be outside the box.
He said: “The game has gone past us at 2-0, the one chance we had to get back in it was the penalty that has somehow been invented that it wasn’t.
“If we go in at half-time 2-1 it’s a totally different game, when things go against us they tend to go against us in spades.
“We probably created the more clear-cut chances but Tranmere’s first three shots went in.
“We have been wasteful in front of goal all season particularly today.