Peter Murphy admits he would love to get one over former boss John Coleman – but knows the Rochdale manager feels the same way.
Coleman, the Reds’ most successful manager who led them from the UniBond First Division into the Football League in his 13 years in charge, returns to the Crown Ground for the first time with his Dale side on Saturday.
And despite Murphy admitting he owes Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell a lot for kick-starting his football career, the 22-year-old does want the three points on Saturday to continue seventh-placed Stanley’s solid start to the League Two campaign.
"I still speak to John and Jimmy and they do only live around the corner from me so if we beat them I will be knocking on their door!" said defender Murphy, who has chipped in with three goals this season.
"I know this game does have added incentive and I can’t wait for it now – although I am a little apprehensive as well – but we have just got to treat it as another game and try not to get too carried away with the occasion.
"I am looking forward to it though. It would be brilliant to score but I just want a win."
It was Coleman who brought Liverpudlian Murphy to Accrington and watched as he went from the youth team to commanding a regular place in the side with new Reds boss Paul Cook continuing to be impressed by the defender.
"I do owe them a lot, they gave me my first league start and I was with them here for almost six years," continued Murphy.
"But we have just got to think it’s 11 against 11, even though we both know a lot about each other’s side, and make sure we go for the win.
"It’s Coley’s first game back at Accrington and he will have his side up for it and want the win but we will be up for it too. It will be good to play against them.
"Both sides will be looking to keep their discipline as you only give the opposition an advantage if you don’t."
Coleman admits it will be a ‘strange’ feeling being back at Stanley in the opposing dug-out after spending so long in the Reds’ hot-seat.
"It’s still weird when I see Accrington on television and I am not there," admitted the former Stanley chief.
Meanwhile new boss Cook, who replaced Coleman after he left in January for Rochdale, then in League One, wants his former manager to get a good reception before the game but, once the game kicks off, it’s all about the result.
"It’s just another game," said Cook. "I know John and Jimmy are coming back but once the game gets started it will be just another game of football.
"If we beat Rochdale we get three points, if they beat us, they get three points – it’s not different to any other. There is a big sentimental value to the game as to what John and Jimmy have done at Accrington and I am sure they will get the reception that they deserve.
"On Saturday it will probably be the first time a manager comes out and gets clapped by the whole ground and they deserve it.
"They are good friends of ours and what they have done for this club does go down in history.
"But once the ball is kicked it’s about winning football games and they are as professional as us and will just want to win a game of football too.
"I am sure it will be played in the right manner and I am sure both dug-outs will conduct themselves well."
Both sides will be familiar to each other. Coleman brings back ex-Reds Peter Cavanagh, Phil Edwards, Ian Craney, Kevin¿McIntyre and Ray Putterill although Bobby Grant is suspended following his dismissal against Bradford in midweek.
As for Coleman, Murphy, Craig Lindfield, Ian Dunbavin, Luke Joyce, Dean Winnard, Rommy Boco, Will Hatfield, Toto Nsiala, Charlie Barnett and Padraig Amond have all played under him at Accrington.
"I am sure Coley will get a good reception and he deserves it for taking the club into the Football League," added Murphy.
"But there will be no friendly gestures before the game – we get fined for that. We will reserve all that for after Saturday’s match."