JOHN COLEMAN has demanded six points from the next two home games as he looks to turn Accrington Stanley's season around.
The 22nd placed Reds face Notts County tomorrow (Sat) and Mansfield in a re-arranged game on Tuesday after the original tie was abandoned over Christmas.
And the Stanley chief is desperate to get maximum points out of the games after they slumped to their eighth defeat in 12 League Two games against fellow relegation battlers Boston last Saturday.
"If we had won against Boston, it have propelled us up to 16th or 17th in the League and the situation we are in now is disappointing. It puts added pressure on us to win at home," said the boss, whose side last won at the FES on September 30 against Wycombe.
"We have got to go now and win a couple of home games on the spin and I think nothing but six points can suffice in our next two homes games.
"I know it puts the pressure on but I will personally be disappointed if we don't get a win tomorrow. I would give a couple of my fingers just for a 1-0 win as we need it desperately."
The boss has been trying to bring people in all week during the January transfer window as he still has a thread-bare squad and he admits it is so frustrating.
He is waiting for a phone call from four players - including Crewe striker Luke Rodgers, who has been linked with moves to Port Vale, Leyton Orient and Swindon as well as the Reds.
He is also in talks with a Championship and League One central defender - one of which could cost a fee - and a League One midfielder.
"I am still hopeful with Luke although it is a case of waiting. All the ones I want to sign all have decent experience and I need to bring players in. I could bring 10 in tomorrow but I want the right ones.
"I don't care whether they are young, old, experienced or inexperienced as long as they strengthen the squad. I need to have players sat in the stands. I know that doesn't make financial sense but that is a sign of a strong squad. And there is money available if I need it.
"It is a bit of a housing market at the moment, though, as we are waiting for someone to make the first move so we can move in on one of their players and it is a bit frustrating.
"But I hope to have someone in by the weekend. Whether it will happen or not though, I don't know."
There has been some good news in that winger Shaun Whalley has signed a deal until the end of the 2008 season, making his loan move permanent for a five figure fee from Witton Albion.
"He is a good player but he has still got a lot to learn. We cannot pin all our hopes on him. I thought, when I signed him on loan, that we would play him in 12 or 13 games before the end of the season but he could be pushing 20 because of our situation."
And striker Rommy Boco, who scored in the reserves' 2-1 loss to Chester City on Wednesday night with a powerful shot, is back in the fold after suffering from a back injury since November.
"Alan Rogers played a full 90 minutes in the reserve game and Rommy now comes back into the equation.
"It makes it more competition for places and, even though we have Paul Mullin, David Brown, Rommy and Andy Mangan up front, I would like another striker as we can't rest on our laurels."
However keeper Ian Dunbavin is struggling with a knee injury, picked up against Mansfield in the abandoned game over Christmas, and Coleman fears the worst.
"We thought it wasn't too bad at first and we should know more next week but we fear he could be out for a month. And our reserve keeper Francois Durbourdeau has also got a knee injury so I may have to bring in another keeper which is something I thought I had seen the end of after last season.
"I don't know what it is with this club and knee injuries. There's Andy Tretton, Peter Cavanagh, the two keepers, Danny Ventre and Jay Harris, who is suspended tomorrow, all with knee injuries. You think it might be training but they are all impact injuries.
"I can't believe the bad luck we have had. With the law of averages, we must get some good luck soon."
And he hopes that starts tomorrow.
"Grimsby losing on Tuesday night dragged them back into it and if we can get a win tomorrow, it may bring more teams into the bottom few.
"We have got to hold our nerve. We did it last season when we were at the top of the League and we have got to have that same mentality.
"We do tend to play well under pressure. The next four or five games will probably define who will be in the bottom three or four and I am hoping we will be clear of that by then."
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