John Coleman wants to start 2017 in the way his Stanley side ended 2016 – with three invaluable league points.
The Reds signed off the year with a 1-0 win at Crewe, a first victory in ten League Two outings, and now host Hartlepool United at the Wham Stadium tomorrow.
Ending the wait for a win and a goal came as quite a relief but the manager insists there is no time to dwell on it.
“We won’t get carried away by the win,” said Coleman. “They’ve had an extra day of rest but we’re in today preparing as we always do. We didn’t have a day off before Crewe, we worked hard all week and hopefully we’ll continue to get the rewards against Hartlepool.
“I don’t think there’s any substitute for hard work. You can bemoan your luck all you want but you can go one of two ways. You can stick your chest out and fight and work out or you hide and you sulk. The latter is never going to be in my character and I don’t want players with that in their character.”
It’s only a matter of weeks since Stanley lost 2-0 at Hartlepool, with Mark Hughes seeing red but the sending off being rescinded.
Coleman thinks it’s inevitable that game will be in their minds but is more interested in giving supporters something to celebrate.
“You’d think we owe Hartlepool one after what happened up there but football is a funny game,” he added. “If we can replicate the performance against Plymouth and add goals then we have a very good chance of winning.
“I hope there is a big crowd and I hope they can get behind us, be that 12th man and help us to get the reward.”