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Accrington boss John Coleman targets winning mentality

John Coleman
John Coleman became manager of Accrington Stanley in 1999

Accrington manager John Coleman admits that the challenge of reaching the League Two play-offs has become harder after Tuesday's draw against Morecambe.

Stanley are currently 15th, nine points off seventh place, although they still have a couple of games in hand of the teams around them.

"We still believe we can do it. But we can't pass up too many more chances," Coleman told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We certainly need to win at least half of our games to stand any chance."

Accrington have lost only one of their previous six games, a 3-1 defeat against fellow play-off hopefuls Shrewsbury.

But, with over half the season already gone, Coleman is aware of the need to pick up as many points as possible.

"You never know what will happen to other teams but all we can do is govern ourselves," he said.

"I don't think anyone frightens us but we've got to get that consistency and sometimes, when we've got teams on the ropes we don't punish them enough."

Accrington now head for Stevenage on Saturday knowing that victory would move them above their fellow play-off hopefuls.

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