Goalkeeper Jason Mooney is keen for Stanley to get back to their old selves with a good performance and a victory at Stevenage tomorrow and make the perfect start to the festive season.
The Reds head to the Lamex Stadium in League Two a fortnight after losing at Portsmouth in the FA Cup but still in a play-off position.
It’s a fixture that supporters have relished in the past and Mooney is looking to help John Coleman’s team get one over the side that beat them in the 2011 play-offs.
“I’ve been before with other clubs but I’ve never played there,” said the Northern Irishman. “It’ll be the first time playing there for me. I didn’t really know about the history between the two clubs.
“We’re out of the cups now but the silver lining in the cloud is that there are no more distractions, it’s just league football and every week is the opportunity to put three points on the board for us. We’ll see how that affects us going forward.”
The game sees Stanley face Boro boss Teddy Sheringham, the former England, Spurs and Manchester United striker having taken over at the club in the summer.
Mooney sees that as an incentive for the visitors to perform well.
“We haven’t really talked about it. I don’t know about the other lads but personally I want to do well in front of someone like that who has played at the top level, won the Champions League and the Premier League.
“You want someone like that to think that you’re a good player in your position. I’d like to show him that I am a good player!”
With Christmas Day a week away, thoughts in the camp are not on turkey and trimmings but points and positions.
And Mooney believes a busy run of fixtures is the perfect opportunity to keep pace with the frontrunners in the division.
“It’s tight and you can get lots of points on the board over Christmas,” he explained. “If you do well over the Christmas period it looks very good for you but if you don’t pick up enough points you can start falling way.”