John Coleman is full of admiration for the job Danny and Nicky Cowley have done at tomorrow’s opponents Lincoln City.
The Imps have already won the Checkatrade Trophy this year and, after promotion from the Nationwide Conference last year, are challenging for a League One spot, currently in sixth place needing a point to confirm a play-off spot.
Danny and Nicky have just signed a new contract until the 2021-22 season at Sincil Bank.
“I have watched Lincoln a lot, they are quite direct and physical side and I do not have a problem with that – they are successful with what they do,” said Coleman.
“They have a pattern of play they all adhere to and all buy into and the management deserve the huge amount of praise and the plaudits they are getting.
“They have both come through the lower leagues and done the hard work at what are perhaps viewed as unfashionable clubs and they have had success and deserved a crack at a bigger club, which is Lincoln.
“They have taken Lincoln to another level, they have got them back to the strong force they were a few years ago and that’s a huge feather in the cap for them.
“They are a good team, they have a good work ethic, they are a fit set of lads like ourselves, they work hard for each other and I have a lot of time for teams like that.
“They are winning games and winning trophies and have been successful.”
There should be a bumper crowd tomorrow with the Imps selling more than 1,700 tickets for the final clash at the Wham Stadium of the 2017/8 season, where the Reds need a point to clinch the League Two title.
Stanley’s record crowd is 4,386 against Stevenage in the final day of the 2015/16 season.
“I love games where there is a big following and there should be a crowd of 4,000 plus and it will be a magnificent occasion,” said Coleman. “These are the days we have craved for, for years.
“I just hope it’s our fans who are cheering at the end.”