STANLEY boss John Coleman has talked about the stresses of football management.
He admits, now the Reds are safe, he can’t wait to be sat on a beach in the summer, relaxing after a nervous season of battling relegation again.
Throughout the campaign, the boss has talked about cancelling meals out when Stanley have lost, looking forward to a drink to celebrate a win - but the defeat at Chester on Easter Monday left him with drugs on his mind.
"I think I am beginning to know how a drug user feels now," said a deflated Coleman immediately after the loss.
"Being manager of Accrington you get extreme highs and extreme lows.
"At this moment I am in cold turkey and need a fix next week at Brentford!"
Coleman admitted he was let down by his side’s below par show.
The manager kept his side in the dressing room long after the final whistle to read the riot act.
And he could not offer an explanation as to why he was purring with enthusiasm after Saturday’s win at Grimsby and the same Stanley starting eleven never got going against another relegation candidate.
"I am disappointed with the performance," continued Coleman. "Give Chester their due, they are fighting for their lives but what is frustrating is that they have won about three in 24 games - and two of them have been against us.
"I feel let down and I have told the players. Unfortunately for us, we cannot carry four or five players having an off day.
"You know what you get out of Procky (Andy Procter), Jimmy Ryan, Phil Edwards and Peter Cavanagh.
"But our players that make things happen- the strikers and wingers - they were off-form."
That was perhaps an understatement as, although the effort from the players can’t be faulted, they just lacked the quality on the day to see Chester off.
And Mark Wright’s side got a gift of a goal when Colin Murdock brought down top scorer Ryan Lowe in the area for a dubious penalty - and Lowe converted his 17th goal of the season and his third goal against the Reds in this campaign.
And what was hard to take for the manager was that his side had played so well against Grimsby just two days earlier.
"If I was the Grimsby manager and I watched that I would be livid as there was a team who worked their socks off to win a game against them on Saturday and then, I am not saying we haven’t tried against Chester - far from it - but our effort has been so misguided it is untrue."
And his side needed a show with Peter Cavanagh and Robbie Williams playing their first home game since they were charged by the Football Association of breaching the betting rules.
Both were greeted with some boos when their names were read out but then the crowd got behind them while Chester midfielder Jay Harris - an ex-Red charged with the same offence - also ignored any crowd remarks to get with his game.
And it was he who ended up happy as the Reds couldn’t perform.
Nothing really happened for them around the box after the third minute. Then Murdock met a John Miles corner but directed his header wide - and that was their best chance gone.
Strikers Michael Symes and Craig Lindfield barely saw anything of the ball and neither had a real shot on goal to talk of.
The widemen John Miles and Chris Turner also didn’t have a lot of possession and it meant balls forward were coming straight back at the Reds defence.
Chester’s five-man midfield stifled the home side with ex-Stanley midfielder Anthony Barry doing well against his old club.
And he could have got Chester off to a dream start when he played in a perfect corner which found hitman Lowe in the area and keeper Kenny Arthur had to deny him with his legs.
Soon after, Stanley’s Robbie Williams probably didn’t mean to work the keeper Jamie Spencer when delivering a cross into the area but the stopper had to tip it over.
Then came the defining moment when Murdock tackled Lowe during a goalmouth scramble. Lowe took the spot kick perfectly, hitting it to the left as Arthur dived to his right.
Coleman had to change it and somehow inspire his team and he did bring on Kieran Charnock at half-time, who had been ill on Saturday, into a 3-5-2 role as they looked to cancel out Chester.
But they couldn’t make an impression and it was the visitors who came close to a second when Williams and Lowe got involved in a tussle for the ball, it ran loose to Kevin Ellison and, with only Arthur to beat, he crashed his effort against the crossbar.
It was a relief when Ellison went off but teenage striker Ben Jones represented a different proposition with his pace and he had two good chances and wasted them.
Stanley’s appeals for a penalty when Symes was pushed by Paul Linwood were ignored and they didn’t test Spencer until the final minute when a Cavanagh shot from outside the area was seen late by the keeper but he dived to the corner to keep it out.
"Their keeper hasn’t had a lot to do and that’s been a problem for us this season," added Coleman. "We didn’t put him under anywhere near enough pressure.
"Chester are scrapping for their lives but we shouldn’t need an incentive to play. The fact we are playing football in front of a crowd who pay to come and watch and have followed us through thick and thin all season should be enough motivation."
The beach seems a long way away.