STANLEY boss John Coleman has praised his striker Bobby Grant’s rich vein for form - but is hoping he can hold onto the the 19-year-old in the January transfer window as he believes he can get better.
Grant took his tally to 12 goals for the season with a goal in the 4-2 League win over Torquay on Saturday and the winner in the 1-0 FA Cup second replay at Barnet on Tuesday with Stanley now facing League One side Gillingham on January 2.
And Coleman praised his striker who has been a revelation in this campaign alongside Michael Symes.
"Bobby’s been a threat all season," said the Reds chief. "He knows he should have more goals than he does have now but the good thing about him is that he’s level-headed enough to realise that he’s got to keep working on his game.
"People who are prepared to work and learn can learn every day. It’s not a case of knowing it all and trying to preach to people. We are all learning together."
Coleman, whose side have earned £45,000 from their run into the FA Cup third round, now also has choices in his backline with Johnny Flynn, from Blackburn, making his Stanley debut last Saturday and Peter Murphy coming in for injured loan man Tom Lees.
Stanley have kept two shut-outs in their last three games and the Reds boss is hoping they have cut out the defences lapses which have plagued them in the past.
"Clean sheets are a bonus and its something we have been working on," said Coleman. "We do have options now at the back. We have players chomping at the bit to play and fighting to keep their shirts."
However tomorrow’s clash at money men Notts County is a test for the Reds. Coleman continued: "Our away form has always been the thing that’s stopped us progressing in this league.
"The reason why we’ve been anchored down at the bottom for a couple of seasons is because our home form’s also tapered off. If we can get home and away form to go hand in hand then we can climb the table and that’s our ultimate aim."
The bookies are tipping Stanley to be up against it tomorrow. County are Betdaq’s 1/2 favourites for the points and John Coleman’s side are 6/1 outsiders with Victor Chandler.
A draw is rated at 11/4 by Jaxx.com and that price won’t be without its takers given that the pair’s two meetings last season finished all square. Both ended 1-1 and a repeat of that scoreline is on offer with Betfred at 13/2.
Finally, Partybets make Accrington 8/15 to find the net, bet365 make them 9/4 to notch first and midweek match winner Grant is 8/1 (Boylesports) to be responsible for that opener.
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