John Coleman is expecting Bristol Rovers to provide a ‘tough’ test for his Stanley side when they visit the Memorial Stadium tomorrow.

Both clubs tasted defeat on the opening day of the season, with the Reds falling at home to Gillingham and Rovers beaten 2-1 at Peterborough.

The boss was disappointed with the way his side started life in the third tier, but feels the Reds are more than capable of competing in League One.

“Games often come down to fine margins,” said Coleman. “On Saturday those margins went against us and we’ve got to be able to take that on the chin and move on and not beat ourselves up about it.

“Both teams were wide open, both teams went out to win the game and we just didn’t handle the ball as well as we normally do.

“Every game you play is tough, but if you have a way of playing and you stick to it and you impose it on the opposition, you can generally have more success than failure.”

Coleman made it clear after the Gillingham result that the trip to Bristol could not come quickly enough for his side, and the Stanley manager is looking forward to the challenge.

“They’ve got a good manager, they’ve got good players and we’ve got to formulate a way of beating them,” he said.

“It will be tough, they’re in the same position as us with no points after the first game.

“I’ve watched their game against Peterborough a couple of times and there was not a lot in it to be fair.

“If we’re not at our best they can hurt us, but if we are at our best then we can hurt them.”