John Coleman believes that this season could be the tightest yet in Sky Bet League Two.
Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Cheltenham, Stanley find themselves fourth, however they are level on 43 points with four clubs and just one point behind Coventry, who occupy the final automatic position.
Following back-to-back wins against Grimsby and Chesterfield, Coleman’s targeting a first for this campaign.
“I didn’t realise that we hadn’t won three games in a row this season,” he said. “It would be great if we could do it.
“I think that all of the play-off places being separated by goal difference tells you everything that you need to know about this league.
“It means that every time you play there’s a good chance that the teams around you are playing each other, on Saturday I think six out of the top nine are playing one other.
“That presents us with an opportunity, we won’t put pressure on ourselves but we will try to build on our performances of the last couple of weeks and try to put ourselves in the strongest possible position.”
Tomorrow’s opponents find themselves in 14th place, but the Stanley boss believes his opposite number is a manager with enough know-how to send his side back up the table.
“They aren’t perhaps where they would like to be,” said Coleman. “But you certainly can’t knock their last result, to win 4-1 away from home in this league is massive but especially against a side of the stature of Colchester.
“It shows that they can beat anybody on their day and we will go down there expecting a tough game.
“Gary Johnson is an experienced manager and he has a feel for the league and for the market, he will know the type of players that he requires to start moving up the table and that’s why he’s always capable of providing dangerous opposition.”
It was announced yesterday that Stanley had completed the signing of two strikers. Offrande Zanzala joined on loan from Derby, while free agent Akeel Francis was snapped up following his release from Rotherham.
“I think that the fans will see two players who are keen to prove a point,” added Coleman. “They are both keen to come here and score goals and that’s what we need at our club.
“They’re both strong runners, they work very hard and they both want to get themselves into goalscoring positions.”