John Coleman has praised Stanley’s loan striker Paul Smyth as he turns out for Northern Ireland during the international break.

Northern Ireland play Estonia tonight and then take on Belarus on Sunday, both at home.

The QPR hitman has made an impression since he joined the Reds in January, scoring two goals so far.

“It’s great for Paul to be involved with Northern Ireland,” said the Reds boss. “It’s a different kind of pressure from trying to get points in League One.

“Paul loves the big stage, we saw that at Sunderland.

“He is a bubbly character and we have missed him in and around the club this week.

“When he arrived here, we knew what we were getting but there is still plenty to work on.

“There are times when he switches off in games or falls below his own high standards. He is not the finished article but, if he puts the time in, he will get his rewards.”

Smyth has praised the management of Coleman and his staff in his short time at the Wham Stadium.

“It’s nice players recognise what we do,” added Coleman. “Paul has come to the club from the other side of the country but I think he has been surprised how welcoming we are here and that’s what we are trying to foster.

“We don’t have facilities or finances but we more than make up for it in heart and spirit and I think players who have spent time at Accrington, however long, usually leave with good memories.”

Goalkeeper Dimi Evtimov is also in the Bulgaria squad, they face Montenegro tomorrow and Kosovo on Monday.

Both miss Saturday’s trip to Burton Albion in League One.