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Coley wants big atmosphere

23 February 2016

John Coleman is keen to see his side climb into the top three of League Two this evening and believes the Wham Stadium crowd could make all the difference.

The Reds host Notts County with only three points and three goals separating them from third placed Oxford United who are also in action tonight.

That provides an extra incentive to beat the Magpies for the Stanley manager.

"It would be smashing,” he admitted. “All we have to do is just concentrate on what we do. For the first time now it's in our own hands. We haven't got to rely on anyone else.

"It's a simple brief - win your remaining 17 games and you are up.”

Saturday's victory at Oxford thrust Stanley into the automatic race and Coleman now wants home supporters to enjoy themselves as much as those who travelled to the Kassam Stadium.

"The fans were great on Saturday. Pulling into the ground and seeing them all there welcoming the coach was a boost for the players. If you can send them home happy it's great for everybody.

"They are vital to us. At home they are even more vital, because we're playing games this season at home that we are expected to win.

"The crowd have got to be patient with us but they've also got to get behind us and make it a difficult place for the opposition to come.

"When teams are getting players behind the ball and making it difficult for us like Carlisle did and barely coming out of their own half we need the fans to maybe suck the ball into the net for us.

"When we are in full flight and playing well and our fans are in the best form there's no better place to be in football. Whatever way you dress it up they can be the 12th man.

"They can also be the 12th man for the opposition if they get after your team, and thankfully our fans don't do that too much.”

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