John Coleman believes there’s a determination among everyone in the Stanley camp to return to winning ways in the Emirates FA Cup at Bradford this weekend.
The Reds lost for the first time in five against Newport last time out.
The manager thinks that result, and performance from his team, has prompted plenty of reflection in the dressing room this week.
“It’s frustrating to lose and especially frustrating to lose when you know you can perform better and play better,” he explained. “You have to do your job though and that means getting back to work, working hard and putting it right.
“We have the chance to do that with another game of football that presents an opportunity to win. That’s what we’re here to do – win games of football.
“I was disappointed with the nature of the goals we conceded on Saturday and we have to look at that. We have to improve the defending before we think about improving anything else.
“All three of those goals were very preventable and I think that’s the most annoying thing. We didn’t take enough of the chances we created ourselves and conceded cheap goals.
“We need to change the way we play at home because I think teams have got wise to it. That may mean a change of system and a change of personnel. Things are quite good for us away from home and we’d like a chance to put our home form right but we’ll be going there looking to win and progress to the next round.”
It’s a second cup tie against the Bantams this season with the Reds having already knocked them out of the EFL Cup on penalties after a 0-0 draw in August.
Now they face a trip to Valley Parade to take on Stuart McCall’s side who sit third in League One and have only lost once since that penalty defeat at the Wham Stadium.
But Coleman expects his team to rise to the challenge.
“You always want a home draw in the FA Cup and we don’t really seem to get them often so we know that it’ll be hard to go there but we’ve played better against better sides this season and performed well when we’ve been underdogs so hopefully we’ll do that again,” he said.
“Bradford probably gave us the toughest game we’ve had this season in the EFL Cup so we’re under no illusions how difficult this will be but I think our players have a few things to put straight from the weekend and hopefully they’ll do that this weekend.”