Paul Cook is urging everyone not to get too carried away at Accrington – but what a start!
Two League Two wins out of two, with no goals conceded, has got everyone buzzing around the Crown Ground as Cook begins his first full season in charge.
They face Exeter City at home tomorrow looking to make it a hat-trick of victories but Cook is trying to keep everyone’s feet on the ground.
"Football can change so quickly, we all know that, and while we are pleased, you don’t get anything after two games.
"I know that’s boring but managers are boring.
"We have 44 games to go and we have got to keep our heads down and work hard.
"As I have said to the lads, when it’s going well we back them and when it goes wrong, we will back them 110 per cent.
"Our supporters can see the work ethic is top class and the fans are superb – they will stick with us through the good and bad times.
"We won’t get every decision right, we won’t always get our substitutions right, but we do it for the right reasons."
Cook talked about adding to his squad this week – with rumours flying around of former fans’ favourite Rommy Boco returning to the Crown Ground – but nothing had happened as the Observer went to press.
"We are looking to bring in a signing who will excite the fans," he said. "We can always improve and always get stronger and that’s what we aim to do."
All three of Cook’s strikers are now off the mark for the season with Karl Sheppard scoring in the 1-0 win at Southend, Padraig Amond firing home a penalty and sub James Gray adding a late strike to make it 2-0 against Port Vale on Tuesday night.
"Podge (Amond) and Shepp were a constant threat but everyone played well on Tuesday," said Cook.
"I keep emphasising that the most important people at the club are the lads in the team ¿– they affect the club the most.
"James Gray has not played for us, yet he comes on and, bang, there you go – he takes his chance and that’s all the lads can do, show they are ready to play.
"It’s great for him to get his first league goal but we know he can play well, that’s why he is here."
While Cook doesn’t like singling out individuals, he did reserve special praise for keeper Ian Dunbavin who has put in two man-of-the-match shows in his first two games.
"I can’t speak highly enough of Ian, he is on fire at the moment and is full of confidence. Some of the saves he is making beggar belief and it’s great for Ian.
"He is a senior pro, he has been here a long time and it’s great he has put in back-to-back performances.
"That’s what football is all about. Anyone can play well on one day but to come in and put in two performances like that is credit to the lad.
"Ian is involved with the staff now and it’s been a good transition. He’s got that weight on his shoulders but he has dealt with it all well.
"We know Ian will make a mistake – goalkeepers do – but if he does we will back him all the way.
"We are a young side and in football it’s all about getting confidence and we are just starting to get it.
"We will get better and stronger and this is just a start."
Gray admitted that he and his team-mates are all ‘buzzing’ after the double win.
The 20-year-old, signed in the summer after being released from Middlesbrough, said: "We can’t wait for Exeter now. I have scored on my Accrington debut and you can’t ask for anything better and now I want to push for a starting place.
"But, if I am on the bench, then I will just wait for my chance and hopefully take it when I come on.
"We are a young team – Podge at 24 is the grandad of the team! – but as you can see it doesn’t matter.
"We have played two experienced teams in Port Vale and Southend and turned them over so our age doesn’t count."
Exeter boss Paul Tisdale, whose side have lost one and won one so far, has told his players that they must stand up to the physical challenge posed by Stanley.
The Grecians, relegated last season, suffered a 2-1 defeat on their last visit to the Crown Ground in 2009.
"We played up there a few years ago and lost despite having started the game extremely well," said Tisdale.
"We learnt that day what a difficult, uncompromising place it can be to play football.
"So if we have any expectations from this game it is that we are going to get some pretty tough opposition and it will be a difficult afternoon.
"It is an away game and it is the sort of place where I doubt very much that they are going to give us any time or space. So we need to prepare for that.
"They play to their strengths and there is no shame in playing that way. They have got a new manager so I don’t know exactly what to expect.
"But I know we have got to be streetwise and ready for the battle and then see what football we can play along the way."
One of Tisdale’s biggest selection headaches ahead of tomorrow’s game centres around his strikeforce.
Jamie Cureton, Alan Gow, John O’Flynn and Guillem Bauza are battling for two places up front.
"It is nice to have competition for places, although it can be a bit of a headache sometimes," added Tisdale.
"There is no harm in having four very good characters who are willing to play for the team. The hardest thing will be satisfying them all."
STANLEy face Morecambe in the JP Trophy first round at the Crown Ground on Tuesday, September 4 (7.45pm).