John Coleman may have suffered Carling Cup disappointment on Wednesday but that will be quickly forgotten as Stanley focus on their first ever league clash with Oxford United.
In front of a 4000-strong crowd and a nationwide audience on Sky, the Reds lost 3-2 to Premier League Newcastle with Coleman disappointed with his side’s show – although the club will have earned around £200,000 from the night.
But Coleman insists he will pick his side up as they travel to the Kassam Stadium for the first time tomorrow looking to maintain their unbeaten start in the league and make sure they stay in an early play-off spot.
"The one crumb of comfort from the Newcastle game is that we did make chances and, if we are honest, we are never going to win the Carling Cup," said the Reds boss.
"League Two teams don’t win the League Cup – but what we can do is climb the table and go wherever we want to go in the league and so that’s a big incentive tomorrow."
The Reds do currently occupy sixth place – the last time they were in a play-off spot was in their first season back in the league – and, even after just three games, it is a big bonus to make sure they stay there.
"It is too early to talk about the league but what we have got to do is get as many points on the board as soon as we can," Coleman continued. "We do have a steely determination in the side and a great spirit and appetite but the first target is 50 points and then will will see what happens.
"But what we do know we will have to defend better than we did against Newcastle."
Morecambe have rejected Stanley’s bid to bring former Reds favourite Paul Mullin on loan back to the Crown Ground but Coleman expects to have a new striker at the club before the transfer deadline next Tuesday.
A Nigerian striker has been training with the Reds and is believed to be interesting the Stanley boss.
"We should know more today but we are confident of signing a striker who has played in the Football League," was all Coleman would say.
The Reds boss gave his troops yesterday off as they got over the disappointment of Wednesday’s Cup loss to the top-flight giants from Newcastle, who played a second string line-up. Everyone who watched it said it was a thriller but Coleman was upset that his team didn’t play to their best of their ability and show the true Stanley live on Sky.
"I am disappointed with the performance and the result because I hate getting beat and I know we can play better than that," he said.
"We defended appallingly at times and we let them in far too easy and the second and third goals were diabolical.
"We didn’t pass the ball like we can and to be honest, I think we got a bit of stage fright.
"I hate getting beat, no matter who we play. If we were playing Real Madrid or Barcelona’s first team I would be disappointed because at home we should be able to beat anybody."
Coleman was full of praise though for the 4,098 who packed into the Crown Ground and made it a real party atmosphere for the night.
"The fans were great and came in their numbers but I would like them to see the real Accrington because the fans haven’t seen them against Newcastle.
"But our fans, you can’t praise them highly enough, they gone to great lengths and I think they have done themselves and the town proud."
Ray Putterill who scored a wonder equaliser for the Reds late in the first half, admitted: "It was disappointing to lose but now it’s time to concentrate on the league.
"It was one of the best goals I have ever scored and I should have had a couple more but I don’t know how their goalkeeper saved some of the chances at the end. But we know we have got to improve on that performance, especially now in the league."
While Coleman is looking to boost his attacking options, he completed the signing of two defenders last week.
Tall centre half Andrew Owens – who began his career at Liverpool before moving onto Stoke and was also a member of the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain – came on in the 3-0 win over Macclesfield on Saturday while Tom Smyth is a former Preston youth centre back.
Both have signed short-term deals. Leam Richardson has also now been passed fit to play for Stanley.
"Andrew is keen for his chance and is a good addition to the squad, as is Tom who is also pushing for a first team place," added the Reds boss.
"We have strength in depth in defence, especially with Leam coming back, and now we need to add to the forward line."