John Coleman feels something good is developing at the Store First Stadium.
While gates are still struggling to reach 2,000 at home, the fans that did turn up for last Friday’s derby with Morecambe created a great atmosphere. And the team responded with a fine display to win 2-1.
Stanley are now 12th in League Two, just two points off the top seven.
It’s the club’s best start since returning to the Football League and Coleman feels they can repeat their successful play-off push of 2010/11.
“I’ve said to the lads from day one when I came back here that we could be part of something special this year,” he said.
“I know how special it was to get in the play-offs last time around and we were bitterly disappointed we didn’t acquit ourselves well in the play-offs.
“We can go wherever we want – if we concentrate, work hard and get our heads down.
“We’ve got some fantastic players here and we showed on Friday night that we’ve also got a fantastic team spirit about us. I’ve told the players that I’ve been in charge of some fantastic Accrington sides with a lot of resilience.
“I’ve also been in charge of some Accrington sides that would have buckled on Friday night and lost that game 4-2. That’s testament to how well they did and how good their character is.”
Coleman also praised the fans that cheered the Reds to victory on Friday.
“They were superb and I’m delighted they went home happy,” he added.
“We go through a lot at Accrington. People were quick to mock us when we only had 900 here the other week but we don’t blame the fans who come.
“They give their all – and their hard-earned cash – so it was nice to reward them with a win.”