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Nothing to fear

STANLEY seek to bounce back from their disappointing cup clash against Morecambe this week when they entertain Chester at the Interlink Express Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm).

STANLEY seek to bounce back from their disappointing cup clash against Morecambe this week when they entertain Chester at the Interlink Express Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm).

The Reds are licking their wounds after the Shrimps scored the only goal in the first leg of the FA Marsden Trophy.

Chester, who are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Conference table, will be out to claim maximum points to stay ahead of the chasing pack.

But Reds boss John Coleman says his squad has nothing to fear from the league leaders and will be fired-up for the match.

He said: "Whatever shape or form you look at it, we have lost three out of four games and that's not good enough for a club of this standard. It is not good enough for me and it is not good enough for the players we've got here."

"We don't want our season to die off and I'm sure there will be a big crowd tomorrow. We'll take the game to Chester. We had a great performance down there and we're good enough to give them a game."

"We have been falling short tackling-wise and we seem to be lacking a bit of inventiveness. Paul Mullin has had a terrific season but he must be feeling the strain a bit now. I have played one up front for a long time and he's been the one. He has kept on going and is as game as anything."

"Lutel's been suffering with a knee injury which hasn't been ideal and we are limited forward-wise. We may have to look at bringing Damian Hindle back from Rossendale as we are thin on the ground and we have got four games coming up in the next six days so it is going to stretch our resources. It's not ideal bringing in lads who haven't played a lot of games but we have to get on with it."

Meanwhile, big defender Jonathan Smith, who has been sidelined for several weeks through injury, played on Tuesday following Steve Halford's suspension.

And he has moved to reassure fans the team will give 110 per cent during the second leg away fixture on Tuesday after Shrimps sub Danny Carlton got the better of him and then chipped Stanley keeper Jon Kennedy.

Smith, pictured, said: "I was very disappointed as it was my first game back for a while. I thought I did all right for most of the match."

"For the goal the ball just sailed over my head towards goal and I expected to run through to Jon Kennedy. If I had got a touch I would have been lobbing the keeper myself. Unfortunately their lad has nipped in and the gamble paid off for him. But if the game was 0-0 we would still have had to go there and win. I'm confident we can score against them."

"We went there two years ago and won the trophy on Morecambe's ground against Barrow. It is only half time and we want to go there and win. We go out to win every game. Obviously you look at the table and it is looking unlikely we are going to get into the play-offs but the crowd want us to finish as high as we can."

Buses will leave for the away games at Morcambe, Telford and Scarborough from the Crown, Accrington, at 5.30pm, 5pm and 10am respectively.