John Coleman says his players are confident and can’t wait for Accrington Stanley’s Boxing Day trip to Grimsby Town.
Despite their recent poor run of form which has seen the Reds slip to 22nd in League Two, the Stanley boss says his players are desperate to play and turn their season around.
“We played really well against league leaders Plymouth in our last game and the players are desperate to play again,” said Coleman.
“They are chomping at the bit because they want to show the public that they are better than what the results are saying at the moment.
“The only way to do that is to play and win games. I am looking forward to Boxing Day more than Christmas Day and I think the players are as well.”
Stanley’s big problem has been scoring goals – they have scored just two goals in their last eight league games.
“You have got to keep focused on what we are trying to achieve and to try and take the opportunities,” said the Reds boss.
“You understand players will get nervous in front of goal but they are good players and one of the chances will come off and then we can kick on from there.
“We have got obsessed by the lack of goals and perhaps we need to take the focus away from that as concentrating on that can have an adverse affect.”
Newly promoted Grimsby are five points ahead of the Reds in 14th place. They have two wins in their last 10 league games and last won at Blundell Park in the league at the end of September.
“They will be as anxious as us to win,” said Coleman, with Marcus Bignot the new boss of the Mariners, appointed in November.
“It will be a trappy game as they will be doing their best to stop us and win and they will see this as their opportunity to get back on track as well.
“We know on our day we can be as good as any team in this league but we have to make more of those days.
“At the moment, we have plenty of time but we know we have got to get our act together results-wise or else we could run out of time.”
Defender Janoi Donacien is hoping to make a return after surgery.