ACCRINGTON Stanley manager John Coleman is urging his charges to keep their heads up in the wake of their worst league run of the season.
Last weekend's disappointing FA Cup exit at the hands of Mansfield Town, was the latest sickener for the Reds' boss whose side haven't picked up three points since the 2-0 win at Torquay in mid-October.
However, he's fully aware of what is needed to get his boys back on track - a steady nerve.
And, with Hartlepool United in town on Saturday, Coleman reckons there's no time like the present.
"Saturday's match is a big one and, of course, we don't want to go on too long without winning," he declared.
"We're disappointed with the recent run but I won't let my head nor the players' go down.
"The fans appreciated the effort we put in during the second half at Mansfield and that's good because we want to keep them on our side.
"But our first half display was not good enough and the players were told in no uncertain terms.
"It's now time to dig in and get results because we don't want to become a team of also rans and nearly men."
The Stanley boss has brought in two new faces in the last week in an effort to freshen things up at the Fraser Eagle Stadium.
Striker Leighton McGivern has arrived from Conference North outfit Vauxhall Motors to join Witton Albion's Sean Whalley, as reported last week.
McGivern, 22, was on the books of Rochdale last term but was released by Stanley's League Two rivals and dropped into the non-league ranks.
However, Coleman believes the pacy forward deserves another crack at the Football League and he made his debut coming off the bench at Field Mill at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Whalley, a winger, began his career at Chester City and made five appearances for the Deva Stadium side.
Crewe Alexandra also showed interest in the 20-year-old taking him on trial but nothing came of his spell at Gresty Road.
"Both lads will give us more competition which is what we've needed since Gary Roberts left for Ipswich," he said.
Coleman's hand should be strengthened threefold for the Hartlepool game, with skipper Peter Cavanagh (suspension), defender Robbie Williams (groin) and midfielder Andy Proctor (shoulder) all expected to be back in contention.
There was a slight doubt about Cavanagh's fitness due to a hamstring strain but he should get the green light.
"It's up to us to make our luck change," added Coleman.
"We've been doing well in our home games and if we continue to play as well as we know we can we'll be fine.
"This is a difficult time for clubs with Christmas coming up and it can affect attendances.
"The only way to counter that is by winning your home games and serving up a treat for the paying fans. Hopefully we'll do that at the weekend and through to Christmas."
It's a busy few days for Hartlepool as they are in FA Cup action only 48 hours after playing Stanley. Their FA Cup first round replay at home to Rochdale is being shown by the Sky TV cameras on Monday evening.