Midfielder Liam Coyle has seen improvements in his own game and the Accrington Stanley team over the last few weeks and can’t wait to take this form into the clash with Barnsley on Boxing Day.
The Tykes, managed by Michael Duff, are up challenging for promotion and will be a tough opponent for the Reds in front of a bumper crowd.
But, after five successive league defeats in October, John Coleman’s men have picked up recently, unbeaten in five in all competitions.
It has been stop-start for the 19th placed Reds as their last home game was a draw with Oxford on December 3rd with the weather forcing Portsmouth and Port Vale to be postponed.
“We played Oxford a few weeks ago and Burton in the Papa Johns Trophy but there has been a big gap and you are just raring to go again, to get out on the pitch and get those points on the board,” said Coyle, 23.
“We want to climb that table, we are not happy with where we are. We want to keep improving, the performances have improved and we just need to get the goals.
“We seem more together as a team, we have the belief now we can get the results.
“We have had some great performances against good teams but it would be just nice to get three points and not a point.”
Since coming from Liverpool Academy, Coyle has secured a regular place in the first team this season.
“I still think I have a lot to improve on, I win the ball back quite a lot for the team and I think I can improve with my passing and decision making.
“Jimmy (Bell) speaks to me about the transition from winning the ball and settling down on the ball and calming down and I like to think in the last few games I have done this better and I want to keep improving that and improve my defensive abilities.
“I do lose my head in training and shout at times but that’s the person I am!”
He admits the home form is a worry – Stanley have only won two of their ten League One games at the Wham Stadium.
“We want to make this stadium a fortress. Last season we did have better home results than away and this season it’s our away results which are better but we need to try and replicate last season’s home form between now and the end of the season.
“It would be nice to get a home win on Boxing Day and kick on.”
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