ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is feeling the pressure - not from the fans but from himself.
The Reds have one win in their last seven games and there have been rumblings of unhappiness from the Stanley faithful.
Coleman is remaining upbeat but admits no one gets more down than himself.
"I am my own biggest critic," said the boss. "I do not feel pressure from outside as any pressure I do feel is from myself.
"I have got high standards and high expectations. If we lose, no one feels worse than me.
"I have got a job to do, I know what I expect and if we fail to meet it, I am hard enough on myself."
The boss says he has never been one to throw in the towel and can fulfil Stanley's dream of Football League status.
"We have raised expectations as the club - you only have to look at how far the club has come in the last six years," he said. "Hopefully we can go a lot further in the next six years. I believe we are good enough.
"When one or two players return from injury and if I sign one or two of the players that I am after, then we will be a match for anyone in the Conference.
"We showed our appettite and endeavour in the loss to Oldham on Tuesday in the LDV Vans and if we had showed that on Saturday against Leigh, we wouldn't have been out of the FA Cup.
"That is a mental thing and there is not a lot I can do about that. I can prepare players, pick the team but I can't get inside their minds.
"Mentally it is down to the players but they have been told in no uncertain terms, that I won't accept any more performances like Saturday and if they want to do it in the future they can do it with someone else."
The boss has described the next two games as "massive". They face Exeter on Saturday and then have rearranged their home clash with bottom club Northwich Victoria. It will take place on Saturday 13 November as opposed to 29 January. It means Stanley will have three home games in the next four Saturdays.
"We now have two successive home games and if we can beat Exeter hopefully we can get into the top five," said Coleman. "And then if we can beat Northwich, and take advantage of a time when others aren't playing, then we can move up and put the pressure on the other sides.
"We have to be confident we can win both and they are massive games. If we play like we did for the first hour on Tuesday for the full 90 minutes then I can't see a problem.
"The boost from Tuesday is that we played well although I am disappointed we lost. It was outrageous that we let a 2-1 lead slip and let them get back to 2-2, never mind win the game.
"But the performance was good and hopefully that will be a spur to us."
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