Stanley manager John Coleman has issued a rallying call for the people of Accrington to get behind their team ahead of what he feels is the biggest week in the club’s history.
The Reds have two huge games ahead of them, hosting third placed Plymouth tomorrow (Saturday) before facing fellow play-off contenders Wycombe at home on Wednesday.
They head into those games on the back of their 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth earlier this week, with 1841 people in attendance at the Wham Stadium.
Coleman was disappointed with that number, and wants the town to finally unite and show their support to the football club.
“We have two massive home games and we need the people of Accrington to get behind us,” he said.
“I was a bit disappointed with the crowd for such a big game against Portsmouth and I implore the people of Accrington to come out and try to rally us home.
“All the times we’ve been successful in our history there have been people coming. It’s like the fields of dreams, if you build it then they will come.
“Well we’ve built the best team that Accrington have ever had and they’re still not coming, so that is very frustrating.”
If Stanley win both of their forthcoming matches then they could close the gap on the automatic places to two points, and Coleman doesn’t want his players to rest on their laurels just yet.
“The lads have done smashing this season but we need to see this job through, there is no point just doing half a job,” he said.
“There will be a lot of twists and turns before the end of the season and there will be more important games.
“There is pressure and you miss it when games do not mean anything. It is up to the players to enjoy what they are doing.”
Accrington have dropped to sixth following their defeat against Portsmouth, and Coleman felt his team couldn’t have any complaints with the result.
“They were better than us comfortably so you have got to applaud them,” he said.
“Sometimes you just have to take a step back and say that we were beaten by a better side.
“The disappointing thing is that their management team have managed to get their players more up for the game than I have with our players, so the first port of call is to look at myself.
“I’ll be thinking about what my approach is to training and making sure that we can get it right for Saturday.
“What we have to remind ourselves is that we haven’t turned in too many of those performances this season so it’s not all doom and gloom.”