John Coleman is backing his players to overcome their frustrations in front of goal and come back stronger, starting this weekend against Newport County.

Stanley failed to find the net for the first time in seven matches in Saturday’s goalless draw at Crawley despite dominating long spells of the game.

The Reds hit the post, had an Omar Beckles header cleared off the line, tested the Crawley keeper a number of times and had a penalty appeal turned down as they looked to find a winner.

But the manager thinks that won’t put them off going for it again when the Exiles visit the Wham Stadium this Saturday.

“You’ve always got to keep trying and try to make it your day,” said the former striker. “We’ve been doing that. On another day at Crawley we would’ve scored three or four. The time to be concerned is when the other team are doing it to you. They were delighted with the point, I had a good chat with their manager who is a good fella and he said that.

“As a forward you have to keep your chin up, or in my case chins. I think the fact that I’ve been through it means I can help the players. They don’t mean to miss on purpose and nobody is more upset than the person who misses but you have to keep going. We’ve started to play decent football and we need to keep it up.”

Coleman has good options at his disposal and isn’t ruling out changes for Saturday’s game as the Reds look to maintain their position in the League Two play-off places.

“We’ve got a decent squad and we have other players who could come in at certain times but we won’t change it for the sake of it,” he explained. “We have a great game coming up and if we can keep our levels up we have a great chance of winning.

“We’re in a good position at the moment but there’s a lot of football still to be played, there will be a lot of twists and turns, disappointments and hopefully highs. I’m braced for them. It’s been a rollercoaster since I first walked through the door here so I’m used to it.”