Stanley defender Mark Hughes doesn’t think they should curb their natural way of playing for this afternoon’s huge play-off game with AFC Wimbledon.

The Reds head to Kingsmeadow for the semi-final first leg looking to bring an advantage back to the Wham Stadium on Wednesday.

The experienced centre back thinks a typically wholehearted away performance will be rewarded.

“We have to have a right go and leave nothing behind,” he said. “Over these next two games we have to throw everything at it and walk off the pitch not thinking ‘if only’ or anything like that.

“It’ll be tough. They’re a strong team and we’ve seen over the last few years that they are a tough team to beat but we finished ten points ahead of them so we must’ve been doing something right this year. We have to remember that.

“We’re in good form. We’ve won eight and drawn four in the last 12 games. People might say that wasn’t enough to get us up automatically and it wasn’t but it means we are going into these games in good form.

“I know Wimbledon are in form too but we must be one of the form teams in the league and we have to take that into consideration. There are a lot of young lads in there and after a big disappointment hopefully they’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Nothing will be decided tonight, with the teams playing to a conclusion in four days.

Hughes thinks that makes it a slightly different prospect to an ordinary league tie.

“It’s different because whatever happens on Saturday it isn’t over, it’s only half time in the tie,” he concluded. “We don’t go into games looking for draws though and we haven’t done that all season so we’ll be going for it.

“We’ve done well away from home in the last six or seven weeks and we just have to take that form there. We’ll do our work on Wimbledon, they have real strengths and good, strong players up front but if we do our thing, play our way and get the performance then we can get to Wembley which is massive and what we’re all gunning to do.”