John Coleman reports almost a clean bill of health ahead of tomorrow’s game at Rochdale as Stanley look to get back to winning ways.
Midfielder Scott Brown is suspended after picking up five yellow cards but other players in the treatment room are now on the road to recovery.
“Scott is suspended which is a blow to us but Andy Mangan is getting back to fitness while Harvey Rodgers has returned to full training which is a boost,” said the Reds boss.
Coleman feels his side have learnt from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Barnsley, who the manager tips to go up this season.
“I am proud of our performance, the players worked themselves into the ground against a Championship side in-waiting.
“For me the step up was evident but we have watched the video and looked at things we can do better.
“We gave the ball away cheaply and didn’t keep possession like we can. Our game is based on passing the ball around, keeping possession and opening teams up and we went away from that on Saturday so there is plenty to work on.
“We want to make more chances, score more goals and win games but the Barnsley game was a step up physically.”
The Reds haven’t won in four league games but are still pushing for a Play-Off spot in a tight league.
“We have only picked up two points out of our last four games, they have been tough games, but we should be in a better position and should have had more.
“We know this is a difficult period as it’s stop-start with cup games but over the Christmas period, there are a lot of league games and we have to take as many points as we can.”
Coleman takes his side to his former club Rochdale tomorrow – a side he joined in January 2012 from Accrington before leaving a year later.
At the time, Stanley were in League Two and suffering financial problems with Dale in League One.
“They were a better run club with better facilities but we are catching them up.
“I think both of us have struggled for a lack of a training ground. I think that’s one of the key areas.
“You can use places and have places available to you but when you’ve got your own training ground it’s a totally different environment that you’re working in, and I’m sure Keith (Hill) had that at his disposal he’d be able to operate better as well.”
Three points would be a huge boost for the Reds against Keith Hill’s side.
“I wanted to win games of football but I wanted to win against Blackpool the other week in the Checkatrade Trophy when we were already through. I won’t want to win against Rochdale any more or less than what I wanted to win against Colchester.
“That’s the way I am, I want to win games of football.
“Obviously, for your own pride I think everyone’s seeking a bit of validation, but I don’t think I’ve got anything to prove to anybody and I don’t think Jimmy (Bell’s) got anything to prove to anybody.”