MANAGER John Coleman has told his side they are now playing for their Accrington Stanley careers.
The boss was shell-shocked after the Reds lost to 10-men Rochdale in a Lancashire derby on Wednesday night to continue their dismal home form of just three league wins out of nine games.
And he is expecting his 14th placed side to respond tomorrow at league leaders MK Dons as he ponders their Stanley futures.
“It isn’t good enough,” said the dejected boss.
“I can’t go on like this as it is not good for my own health as I will have a heart attack.
“That’s four games we have lost on the trot at home and it’s just blatantly obvious that’s not good enough and, mark my words, there will be changes in January when the transfer window opens.
“We are too brittle at the back and we shouldn’t be losing at home as easily as we are.
“There will be a lot of hard work done between now and January in trying to get players in and working on the ones we have got now to try and get it right.”
MK Dons boss Paul Ince was at the Fraser Eagle Stadium to see the loss and Coleman knows his side can’t turn in another performance like that against the title favourites, especially on their home patch.
“Paul Ince will be made up - he will be licking his lips after watching that,” fumed Coleman, whose side haven’t yet taken a point from the MK Dons.
“But he will see a different performance tomorrow from the one he saw on Wednesday night.”
Stanley can take heart that their away shows have been good this season - they have one of the best records in League Two with four wins out of their nine games.
“We will go there full of confidence because of our away form but it is hard to think about because of our home form,” said Coleman. “Losing four on the bounce at home is bitterly disappointing and you can talk and talk about it but you have got to do things on the pitch and do it right.
“We have not got players doing the right thing at the moment and, if they can’t, we will get new ones in.
“But we are capable of getting a result against anyone.
“Saying that we are capable of throwing away a game against anyone. It is just so disapponting.”
Coleman has got opportunities to re-shuffle his pack with Phil Edwards, Rommy Boco, David Brown and John Miles waiting in the wings while Roscoe Dsane is hoping to shake off an injury which kept him out of the Dale clash.
However, goalkeeper Kenny Arthur and captain Peter Cavanagh remain long term injuries.
“The players know they owe the fans and the manager a massive performance tomorrow,” said Cavanagh, who can only watch from the sidelines after a hernia operation.
“We are all in this together and hopefully the lads will continue our good away form.
“They are sick about Wednesday night’s performance and will want to put it right.”
Stanley were winning 1-0 against Rochdale thanks to an Ian Craney goal but then threw it away with ten-man Dale bouncing back with two goals after the break.
“We just can’t seem to see a game out and win 1-0,” said the manager. “Peterborough, MK Dons and Morecambe have all done it this week and yet why can’t we?
“We can’t defend and that is the top and bottom of it.
“I feel really let down but we have let the fans down and I take some of the blame for that.
“I train the lads and see them all the time and yet Rochdale wanted it more than us and saying I am disappointed is an under-statement.”
THE reserves are in action on Monday at Wrexham (Ko 7pm)