ACCRINGTON Stanley are hoping their fans will get behind them as they tackle the top and bottom of the Nationwide Conference over the next three days.
It is already a massive match for the fourth placed Reds tomorrow as, after their 3-1 loss at Cambridge on Saturday, they take on leaders Exeter, the team with the only 100 per cent record in the league after three games.
And then it is a trip to Scarborough on Monday - with the McCain Stadium proving an unhappy hunting ground for Stanley in the last two seasons with two defeats.
The Reds had a disappointing opening day attendance against Canvey Island with a crowd of just 1012 - but they are hoping more fans will cheer them in their second home clash against the early pacesetters.
"We were disappointed with the opening day attendance as we have continued progressing on the pitch and we need the whole town to get behind us,"said assistant manager Jimmy Bell.
"We go to some places like Tamworth and Cambridge and they are horrible places, they are intimidating as all the fans want their team to win and make it hard for us. And we want the fans to make the Interlink a similar place.
"Teams don't like coming to Accrington as it is not like going to some of the new stadiums and the fans can make sure it is as unpleasant a place as possible for them.
"The supporters could provide that extra push for the play-offs we may need and we can never under-estimate the fans part in helping the team."
But, for the second week running, Stanley boss John Coleman has got a goalkeeper crisis although he has added former Everton goalkeeper Craig Gallagher to the squad on Thursday and he looks likely to make his debut tomorrow.
The last 10 days have been a nightmare for the Reds shot-stoppers with Stuart Jones' sad retirement with an ankle injury and Danny Alcock's broken arm. Coleman dipped into the transfer market but French keeper Bertrand Bossu, who made his loan debut in Stanley's loss at Cambridge and dropped a clanger for the first goal, has since been recalled by Darlington.
And former Liverpool keeper Paul Harrison, who trained with Jerzy Dudek and Chris Kirkland, was on the bench for the United game but it is thought he has now left the club.
It could mean 16-year-old youth keeper Martin Fearon, a Reds fan, is on the bench tomorrow.
"It has been like deja vue from last week with loads of phone calls," said the manager. "It is a nightmare."
Coleman is still tracking a league left back while triallist Alan Navarro scored the winner in the Reds reserves 1-0 win over Bamber Bridge on Tuesday. The 24-year-old striker began his career at Liverpool, moved to Tranmere for £225,000 before spells at before Chester and Macclesfield.
"He did well and we will have another look at him. He has been training with the first team and he won't want to just play in our reserves," said Coleman.
And Stanley midfielder Ged Brannan has been linked to a move to UniBond side Radcliffe Borough.
"Their manager Kevin Glendon rang me but I don't think Ged will want to go there with no disrespect to Radcliffe," said the boss.
Meanwhile, Exeter manager Alex Inglethorpe has earmarked striker Paul Mullin as the Reds dangerman tomorrow. "He scored a lot of goals last season for them so we know he is one of their strengths and we will have to be wary of him."
Inglethorpe lost influential winger Alex Jeannin, striker Sean Devine and James Bittner in the summer - but the Grecians have bounced back strongly.
"Accrington lost a couple of players like us in Lee McEvilly and Rory Prendergast, who I was interested in but he was too expensive, but I am sure Accrington will be a strong, competitive side."
Bottom club Scarborough on Monday will represent a different proposition and the Reds are keen to erase a memory of a 4-0 beating there last season.
"I am sure it will be rammed into us from the moment we get on the coach," said captain Peter Cavanagh. "We haven't done well there in the last two seasons and the lads have certainly got a point to prove. They haven't had the best of starts but they are sometimes the most dangerous teams."