John Coleman is expecting a tough test when fifth place Luton Town come to the Wham Stadium tomorrow.
Nathan Jones’ men sit just two points behind Stanley in League Two and the boss thinks they’ll be up there in May.
“We know every game we play is going to be difficult in this league,” he said. “Luton will be one of our biggest tests so far.
“Historically we do play better against the fancied teams. If you look at a couple of games we’ve played at home this season against Mansfield and Carlisle, teams who are expected to be up there challenging, we’ve beaten both of them.
“Luton are expected to be up there, they’ve got one of the biggest budgets in this league and I think that in itself adds extra pressure but on their day they are one of the best in the league.”
Five league wins in September saw the Reds move back into the automatic promotion places and both Coleman and Billy Kee were recognised with nominations for the Sky Bet Manager and Player of the Month awards.
“You get noticed because of your results,” said Coleman. “Manager of the Month isn’t about the manager it’s about how well your team is performing in that given month.
“The more nominations that you get then the more chance that you’ve got of getting promoted, if you get six nominations in a year then you’re going to get promoted, that’s the reality of it so I just hope that the players can keep getting me nominated.
“Personally I think it should a be a team of the month rather than manager but at the end of the day it all means nothing unless you achieve your ultimate aim which is promotion.”
Kee scored five goals in September, including a match-winning double away at Port Vale and Coleman has hailed the contribution of his forward.
“I’ve said this all along Billy is a throw back the old centre forwards,” he added. “He takes a lot of stick and kicks in matches but you never see him complain or fighting with people.
“He gets on with his job and we know how much he brings to us even without his goals just with his all round performances and when he gets goals it’s a pleasing bonus.”