John Coleman believes that Stanley meeting Coventry City in league action this weekend is a sign of how far his side have come in recent years.
The Sky Blues travel to the Wham Stadium for a first ever league meeting between to the two sides, since the Reds reformed in 1968, and following the once Premier League outfit’s relegation from League One last season.
Mark Robins’ men have an identical record to Stanley in the league so far, ahead in fifth place on goal difference only, and Coleman is desperate for his side to return to winning ways.
“You could look at it with a sense of pride from our point of view, or a sense of dismay if you’re a Coventry supporter,” said Coleman. “They’re a big club, they’ve got a massive stadium and they’ve competed in the top flight.
“But you are where you are for a reason, I remember a similar situation playing against Bradford after seeing them at the top in previous years.
“A few years ago you would have never thought that we would be coming up against Coventry in a league game but we’re competing with them in our own right now, they are a big club and it would be nice to see them get back up there, but we have aspirations to get there too.”
In 1987 Coventry City won the FA Cup while Accrington came second in the North West Counties League Division One – but Coleman believes that Coventry could soon propel themselves back up the leagues.
“It can be easily turned around, I thought winning at Wembley [last season in the Checkatrade Trophy] might have been the catalyst for them to push on and carry them through.
“They haven’t had a promotion for a long time so if they could do that this time it might be what begins to push them on further.
“They do have a large budget but we will always put a team out that can compete with anybody.If football was about money you would just have chairmen writing cheques to one another, it’s what you do out on the pitch for 90 minutes that counts.”
Stanley will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Luton and Coleman has urged his side to respond by taking all three points at the Wham Stadium.
“The disappointing aspect is that it’s now three games at home without a win,” he added. “We need to put that right, any successful side has a strong home record.
“We’ll carry on the same, we’ll do our preparation on Coventry and focus on what we want to do in the game and look at how our strength’s can cause problems for them.
“I’d sooner that we played Tuesday and had the chance to put it right straight away, but we’ve used this week well to work on what we can do better and fully prepare ourselves.”