John Coleman knows Saturday’s opponents Colchester will be a big threat as they chase a play-off place.

Colchester are in tenth place, four points off the top seven,  but are a team in-form with three successive wins, including victory over title-chasing Luton.

The Reds travel to the Community Stadium tomorrow looking to increase their lead at the top of the table.

“Colchester have won their last three games and we have had them watched and watched videos,” said Coleman.

“They will pose problems for us, they have been one of the best teams to come here even though they lost, and it will be difficult game but our aim is to pose problems for them.

“They are in a rich vein of form and they will want to a win as they are pushing for the play-offs so it should make for an entertaining game.

“I say it every week but there are no easy games in this league and we have hammered it home, the players are no mugs and they know this.

“People look at the table and see a team at the top playing a team lower down and think it’s a forgone conclusion the team at the top will win. It doesn’t work like that.

“They also says teams have nothing to play for but everyone has something to play for. You only have to look at Stevenage two seasons ago on the final day of the season where they defended for their lives to get a clean sheet – and that stopped us going up automatically.”

Stanley have the second best defensive record in League Two – conceding 40 goals in their 39 games with only Coventry better with 38 conceded in their 40 games.

“That’s pleasing, it something we have worked on but you do need a bit of luck along the way. We had no luck earlier in the season but we have turned a corner lately.”

Coleman was checking on the fitness of keeper Aaron Chapman who was involved in a traffic accident on the way to the ground on Monday but resumed training on Thursday.