John Coleman knows his side face a tall order to turn the play-off semi-final with AFC Wimbledon around but is backing his players to get the win they need tomorrow.
The Reds trail the Dons 1-0 after Saturday’s first leg which saw the home side score in stoppage time through Tom Beere.
That means Coleman’s team must win at the Wham Stadium to stand any chance of making it to the final.
“History tells you that I think it’s only four times that a deficit has been overturned in League Two play-offs,” said the manager. “History tells you that Wimbledon are in the box seat and of course they are in the box seat but we could’ve drawn that game 0-0 and then conceded early in the second leg and been in exactly the same position.
“We know what we’ve got to do. Unless we were going through on penalties we were always going to have to score and win on Wednesday regardless so our mission hasn’t changed.
“It might change the way that they play. I think Neal Ardley is a great fella and a good manager and he’ll be telling them that they won’t be sitting in and that they have to come here and win the game and he has to say that.
“Subconsciously though, as the game goes on you have no control over your players and they will get deeper. We did it on Saturday. It’s human nature sometimes. If that happens it could make it interesting and we have to attack the game from the off.”
Stanley have failed to score in the last two games despite hitting the woodwork four times.
Coleman wants his players to continue to trust in their ability and go for it tomorrow night.
“I’d like to think that we can get our attacking game going a bit better and if we do then we can pose more threat to their defence and test their goalkeeper more often,” he continued.
“We’ve got to score and that means we have to pose more attacking threat. That’s what our focus is on this week in training.
“I’ve been through goal droughts. I think I went 17 games without scoring at Southport and I thought the world was going to end. Billy Kee has gone a few games without scoring and I know it’s playing on his mind a little but he’s not in the team predominantly as a goalscorer, just like Terry Gornell was last time we were in the play-offs and Paul Mullin before him.
“Our style of play means the centre forward brings others into play and creates chances for them and if they can chip in with their own share then great.
“Our wide players need to score more, our midfielders need to score more and our defenders need to score more. It doesn’t matter who gets them. As long as we score.”