James Beattie is urging his players to begin another unbeaten run tonight against Bury and set themselves up for a massive week in League Two.
The Reds host the Shakers in a rearranged game looking to bounce back from Friday’s home defeat to Scunthorpe and face two more matches against teams around them in the table in the coming days.
“I’ve already earmarked this week as a defining moment in our season,” said the manager. “We play Bury, Torquay and then Portsmouth within seven days of each other but the first job is to try to overcome Bury.
“We can’t look too far forward but I’ve put the seed in the lads’ minds that this is a big week and that everyone has to be on point mentally and physically.
“If we’re at it physically and mentally then I have no worries about the result.”
The Reds are without a win at the Store First in 2014 but will be out to change that this evening in an important derby game and make further inroads towards the top of the table.
“I suppose we are aware of the home form,” admitted Beattie. “With the away form being as good as it has been results at home have been a bit of a concern but we were in a great position at half time the other night and we let it slip.
“Scunthorpe are a good side and we gave them a good hiding and it was just a shame we couldn’t keep it up. The lads are in fine form, I think they’ve all got over Friday night and are ready for another game. Hopefully we can start off another run.”
Visitors Bury are a point and a place worse off than Stanley in League Two after a season of upheaval that has seen a large number of players arrive and three different managers take charge.
“I know there have been a lot of ins and outs whether it be players or coaching staff and we’ll be looking at every element we can to give us the edge,” concluded Beattie.
“We’re always looking to gain either the physical or mental edge and we’ve done all of our preparations and will be giving Bury all the respect they deserve.”