Billy Kee knows the Reds need to return to winning ways – and hopes he can help to celebrate John Coleman and Jimmy Bell’s 1000th game as managers with a Third Round place in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Reds take on League Two Cheltenham Town in the Second Round at the Wham Stadium tomorrow.
Stanley have lost their last three League One games but overcame Colchester in the First Round of the historic competition.
“It’s an amazing achievement for two lads from Kirkby to chalk up 1,000 games as a management team,” said Kee. “They have come all the way through the lower leagues into League One and deserve a lot of credit for that.
“They have always been brilliant to me and they do get on well together. I did read that they joked they were lucky to not have ripped each other’s heads off but they are passionate about their football and hate losing. They really hate losing.
“They have kept their partnership going and now have John Doolan as a recent addition and they all work well together and have got the success they deserve with Accrington.”
Kee knows Cheltenham, managed by former Burnley player Michael Duff, is a huge game.
“This is a massive game for us, we have got to get back to winning ways, no matter what competition we are in,” said the striker.
“We have to hit the rich vein of form we had earlier in the season, it doesn’t matter how we win, if we win ugly, we just need to get back to winning ways.
“The FA Cup is a great competition, it’s one that brings joy to the fans if you can get into the Third Round and a big draw so it’s a big occasion for us.”
Kee admits he was hurt by Tuesday’s late defeat to Wycombe – especially as he hit the underside of the crossbar with one shot.
“I guess Wycombe owed us one after we beat them 4-0 last season but it was hard to take. I came close and their late winner was a sickener.”