Date: 5th September 2008 at 7:12pm
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JOHN Coleman and Accrington Stanley return to St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon, not Newcastle’s version to see hundreds of angry Geordies, but Exeter’s version where promotion to the Football League was all but secured in the last visit there.

It was back in 2006, when Stanley visited Exeter to record a 3-1 victory infront of the SkySports cameras, and bringing the Lancastrians within touching distance of a return to the Football League for the first time in over 40 years.

In the summer Exeter gaffer Paul Tisdale was doing some last minute preperations for life in the new division, as Coleman was doing some two years ago, but Stanley’s Liverpudlian born chief still thinks that he will walk away the happier man tomorrow.

‘The Exeter win was the one that sealed promotion from the Conference for us really,’ said Coleman speaking to the Accrington Observer.

‘It made everyone realise that we weren`t going to go away and it has happy memories for me. It led to the song ‘We won it on Sky!’

‘But now this match is in the Football League and every point is at a premium and we have to try and pick something up there.’

Coleman admitted that the season isn’t yet in full flow for the Reds yet though. Opening day defeat to Aldershot Town was followed by a fantastic wins against Port Vale and Macclesfield Town, but after defeats at Gillingham and Tranmere Rovers, the gaffer believes that his side’s start could have been better.

‘It could have been a better start, it is average,’ admitted Coleman. ‘I think the results we have had don`t reflect the performances and we should be one or two more points further on.

‘We want to make sure, though, we are in a good position by Christmas, have a big chunk of points, have got ourselves into a good position and then we can push on.’