John Coleman is calling on his team to tighten up at the back for tonight’s trip to Wycombe.
The Reds were beaten at the weekend at Barnet, conceding two goals that left the manager frustrated.
Now he’s looking for an improvement at Adams Park.
“A lot of it comes down to the first goal,” explained the Stanley boss. “If we don’t concede the first goal I don’t think there’s really any chance of us losing the game. On Saturday we conceded first and that changed the emphasis of the game. That was bad defending from us and we have to eradicate those mistakes and look to go forward.
“We’ve got experience in there. Matty Pearson has played a lot of games, Janoi Donacien has played an adequate number and Mark Hughes has played thousands! It’s not lack of experience. Even Omar Beckles has played a lot of games for his age, albeit in non-league football. We just made elementary mistakes that we normally don’t make and if you take those away and we get back to defending the way I know we can it gives us a platform to go forward and hurt teams.
“I just think we have to tighten up a little bit defensively and then make sure we’re a bit more creative going the other way.
“I think Wycombe will play in a similar way to Barnet and they have good players in their ranks who can hurt us if given the chance. We have to make sure that we pose them more problems than what we have been doing.”
The Reds have won one and lost one in the league so far and made it through to the second round of the EFL Cup but Coley thinks it’s too early to draw conclusions on how the season might pan out.
“It’s only a mini start for me,” he said. “I tend to look at things after ten games. We could win at Wycombe and people would be calling it a great start but we won’t get too carried away.
“I think the players know that they are capable of more and hopefully they can deliver that. I’d like to be playing 100% in every game from beginning to end rather than building up but the one thing is that if you’re losing and not playing well and know there’s no improvement then you are really going to struggle. We know there is room for improvement and hopefully we’ll see that.”