Stanley boss James Beattie feels the Reds are on the verge of ‘something special’ after managing to kick-start their season.
After beating Bristol Rovers in midweek, Stanley made it back-to-back wins at Morecambe last Saturday, suggesting things are finally falling into place for the Reds.
Despite enduring a torrid start to his managerial career, Beattie has remained positive and always insisted the results would come.
The rookie boss repeatedly proclaimed his faith in his players and that’s now bearing fruit as Accy are back within reach of the pack ahead of Saturday’s game at home to Wycombe.
Fans are still celebrating Peter Murphy’s last-gasp winner against long-term derby rivals Morecambe and Beattie knows they now need to keep building.
“It’s another brick in the wall,” he said. “I am delighted for the boys and they have started to get what they deserve from matches.
“It was a good week. I can tell the players a million times what faith I have in them and in what we are doing, in training and in the shape of the team.
“And in recent weeks we have been gaining in confidence and they are seeing that what we are doing works. You could see that against Morecambe.
“We went ahead but then Morecambe equalised and put us under pressure.
“The old Accrington might have conceded again but there is a new confidence instilled in the lads and they kept on going.”
Although Stanley are still bottom of League Two, Northampton are only above them on goal difference, and with four of the Reds’ next five games at home, Beattie hopes to be keep the feelgood factor going at the Store First Stadium.
“The win was great for the fans and we owe them a lot,” he said. “We are a small, evolving club and they are watching a style of football that I have been commended about through people in football.
“We want to drum up more interest in the town and surrounding areas and get people to watch us and be entertained.”
A win against Wycombe on Saturday could see the Reds move off the bottom for the first time this season – and even climb as many as four places – but Beattie refuses to get too carried away.
“There is still a long way to go and I have told the lads to enjoy the winning feeling and remember how it feels mentally,” he said.
“We haven’t had it too many times this season with the results but it’s important the players remember how it feels and the atmosphere in the dressing room when you win.
“After Morecambe, it was the best experience I have had as a manager.
“I enjoy watching us play – I really do, I love it – and we are on the cusp of creating something special.”
Beattie has something of a selection headache with on-loan striker Kayode Odejayi available again after serving his three-match ban while wideman Lawrie Wilson warmed up against Morecambe and is almost back to fitness.
“It’s different from usual but it’s great to have choices,” Beattie added.
Wycombe were seventh after winning at Bristol Rovers but then their midweek match at Portsmouth was abandoned before they lost at home to Bury last Saturday, which left the Chairboys in 12th place.
Midfielder Matt Bloomfield begins a three-match ban for Wycombe while Stanley’s Michael Liddle and Rob?Atkinson are the Reds’ injury doubts.
STANLEY have been drawn at home to Tranmere in the first round of the FA Cup.
The League One side will make a quick return to the Store First Stadium having visited in pre-season, playing out a 1-1 draw.
Rovers are currently 21st in League One and their last competitive match against Accy saw them knock the Reds out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in October 2011.
All first-round ties will be played the weekend of November 9 and 10.