JOHN Coleman will be hoping his new look backline can plug Stanley’s leaky defence after snapping up Charlton’s Aswad Thomas.
Weather permitting, the Reds will have their first home game since January 5 against promotion-chasing Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.
And the Reds boss has rung the changes with centre half Thomas the latest addition, who is described as speedy and athletic and strong in the air. He has signed on a month’s loan from the Championship side.
"He is only 18 but is a quick defender and I think he is what we need," said Coleman, with Thomas playing regularly for the Addicks’ reserves.
"I have been speaking to a couple of clubs about defenders and a few people have recommended Aswad. He will go straight into the team."
Thomas will link up with another new boy Phil Doughty who should make his home debut while Coleman hadn’t ruled out more signings before last night’s transfer deadline.
"I am hoping to bring another defender in but, if not before tomorrow, it will be when the loan window opens," he said, with that happening in a week.
And the Stanley chief knows he needs to start getting results as the 17th placed Reds have picked up just one point out of the last 15 and have not won in 2008.
"We just need that win this year. I have never gone a January without winning in my career and I don’t want to start now," he said.
Coleman has been critical of his defence - who have conceded the most goals in League Two with 50 goals - and admits he is at a loss to explain long serving defender Robbie Williams’s loss of form.
His mistake led to the goal in the 1-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Darlington on Tuesday night - their third successive loss.
"Rocky signed a two-year contract in the summer and I know that decision to give him a two-year one was correct," said Coleman.
"He was my Player of the Season last year and I don’t know what has happened.
"I haven’t made his form go - I don’t know the reasons - as the training and coaching is the same.
"But it is down to him and he needs to get his confidence back. He is making too many mistakes and it is up to the individual to get it right.
"I have never had a player who has had such a turnaround in form - he has gone from being what I think is the best player last season to one of the worst in the space of a season and I don’t know why."
Williams picked up an ankle injury against the Quakers while fellow defender Mark Roberts is also battling to win his place back after suffering an injury to his side.
Both Farsley Celtic and his old club Northwich are believed to be interested in Roberts but, with him being injured, it may be a loan deal if the summer signing leaves.
He is now, though, back in training and hoping to recapture his early season form.
Midfielder David Brown is another who could have made a move before last night’s deadline - he has been linked with Farsley Celtic - with Graham Branch also on the sidelines, although he did come in and do well against Darlington.
"Browny wants to be playing regularly and he is disappointed he is not," said Coleman. "We will use, though, what squad we have to win games on any given day and we can’t guarantee players that they will play week in week out and they may have to go elsewhere to do that."
Of Coleman’s seven summer signings, four have now moved on.
And one shock departure was striker Roscoe Dsane’s move to Blue Square side Torquay last Friday for an undisclosed fee.
"Roscoe is a decent footballer and has done well here but, at the end of the day, we have to do what is best for the club," said Coleman.
And winger John Miles has gone to League Two leaders MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season. "I still think John has a lot of potential and it hasn’t worked out for him here. I am sure he will do well at MK Dons."
Of the other summer signings, Paul Carden and Lee McEvilly are at Cambridge United while keeper Kenny Arthur, Branch and Roberts are still at the FES.
Wycombe are up among the play-off chasers but Stanley shocked them on the opening day of the season with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Paul Mullin goal.
"We need to get back to winning ways and it would be nice to repeat what we did at the start of the season," said Coleman, whose side have the worst home record in League Two with just one win in their last eight matches at the FES.
"It is going to be a battle against them but if we played like we did against Darlington for the final 70 or 80 minutes then we deserve to get something out of it.
"It is evident we are not a million miles away from a team who can compete in this league and, if we get it right, we should be able to move up the table."
Stanley’s Benin star Rommy Boco is not expected back from African Cup of Nations duty until Sunday. Benin lost all their Group B games and went out of the competition on Tuesday night.
RESERVE team coach Ashley Hoskin has left Stanley.