Date: 12th December 2014 at 12:33pm
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Manager John Coleman has said he’s hoping the big crowd against Portsmouth will help the players push Stanley further up the table with all three points this weekend.

With history showing that team’s under Coleman are generally stronger in the second half of a campaign, the gaffer told the Official Site that he knows if we can get ourselves into a good position by the end of December, then he’s confident that we can have a real run at the play off spots.

‘For the size of Portsmouth and the support they have, they are a bit like Bradford to a certain extent, they shouldn’t be in League Two. But they are and they have got to compete in League Two although eventually I expect them to climb the tables and the leagues. But while they are here we have got to try to bloody their noses.’

Coleman goes on to say that he feels our players respond in front of a good crowd so that will be a bonus for us as well especially as they’ll likely be a crowd in excess of 10,000 which will make it a ‘big stage’ for us to perform on.

As for our league table position, being only five points behind Newport County he added that the closer we can keep ourselves to the play off spots the better for when we enter the second half of the season and hopefully have one of those runs that can maybe solidify our position.