JOHN Coleman wants his smarting Stanley side to sting the Bees at Underhill tomorrow, but believes they will have to start making their own luck to turn things round.
The 17th placed Reds travel to lowly Barnet on the back of four defeats in five games, with their latest disappointment coming in Sunday’s Lancashire derby defeat to Rochdale at the FES.
The result was all the more galling because - for the second successive season against Dale - they led and dominated most of the first half of a game littered with chances, before being pegged back by a disputed penalty.
Chris King was penalised for a foul on the edge of the box, but video replays suggested that the initial contact may have been just outside the area.
And the Reds boss, who after last month’s Notts County game admitted he was resigned to his team never getting another spot kick, also felt that Rochdale’s second goal could have been chalked off.
He said: "I’ve looked at the penalty and it was outside the area, but when things are not going for you they get given. It’s unfortunate that we’ve not had a penalty given for us this season and it was disappointing to concede one.
"The second goal we conceded was handball in the build up.
"These decisions do come back to haunt you, but we’re not going to moan about things like that. We have to do better at keeping the ball away from our goal in the first place.
"It was a great strike by John Miles and we know he has got that in him. But it’s a results business and we need to be winning some games. We’re not playing consistently over the 90 minutes, that’s what’s knocking us.
"We have to take it on the chin. Although it might be harsh it won’t lie that we’ve taken one point out of 15."
After Sunday’s match Coleman had bemoaned the "slating" some of the players received from sections of the home support.
And Reds skipper Peter Cavanagh insisted there was no lack of industry shown by any of the players.
Cavanagh said: "I would agree with the gaffer on that front. I don’t think you could say on Sunday’s evidence that the lads weren’t putting the effort in.
"Sometimes you could accuse them of not having the right quality, but you would never find our lads wanting for attitude."
He added: "Jimmy Bell and the gaffer hate to lose - whether it be at tiddlywinks or football - and certainly things were said after the game that will stay in the dressing room. But we can only improve by working together.
"We take positives from every game we play and have a certain degree of belief in our ability. If you don’t believe in yourselves you’re asking for trouble and I’ve still got as much belief in this squad as I had at the start of the season."
The Reds head south bidding to get the season back on track against the side with the division’s second worst record, with only Grimsby and the three teams docked points sitting below them.
The Bees have only managed to score more than one goal in one match so far this season, while they have shipped 25.
But they will be buoyed by their first league win last weekend at Blundell Park and will look upon tomorrow’s game as a chance to improve their poor record on their own ground where they have claimed just a single point from four games.
Last season’s corresponding fixture ended 2-2 with both teams creating a host of chances in a thrilling game, and Coleman said: "We’ve been looking to tighten things up but we’ll never play dour football."
With just three wins between them so far this campaign, the match is likely to be billed as a basement battle, but the Stanley boss insists each game is equally important.
He said: "Every game we play is a massive game. If you don’t take a game on its merits you’re in for a big problem."
Wednesday’s reserves fixture with Rochdale was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch, but Coleman wasn’t relying on it as a fitness sharpener for first team players.
The weekend is likely to come too soon for Andy Procter, who only began light training this week and the Reds boss believes he is still "a week or two" from a return from his knee injury.