Date: 9th August 2007 at 2:53pm
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JOHN Coleman believes that his Accrington Stanely side have learnt their lesson from their first season in the Football League.

Coleman described last season’s opener against Chester City as being like a young boys’ first day at school.

Coley reckons that his Stanley side now have their feet firmly under the League Two table now though and is looking forward to the new season which starts with a tricky trip to Wycombe on Saturday.

‘It was like an adventure for us, looking forward to the novelty of it all.’ Coleman said speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph.

‘It was a bit like your first day at school or at the bigger school. You want to be in with the big boys, but you’re not sure where to go to get to the classroom.

‘It takes a couple of weeks to get your feet under the table, but once you do, it goes like a runaway train and, before you know where you are, you’re at the end of the season.’

Stanley were looking like they could miss out on a Football League stay as the end of the season fastly approached, with injuries and bad refereeing decisions which lead to suspensions. John Coleman always let his feelings known to the world when Stanley were getting harshly punished by referee’s.

He continued: ‘We had a shocking run of bad luck with injuries and decisions going against us.

‘I know people say it’s swings and roundabouts but I don’t subscribe to that. I’m a firm believer in you do make your own luck and if you’re in the other team’s area more often that they’re in yours you’ll get the rub of the green.

‘But some of the decisions that were going against us and some of the bad luck was frightening.

‘And when you get referees phoning me up three times to say they’ve made a mistake. That happening once in a season would be unusual, but three times is ridiculous.

‘It makes you wonder if you’re cursed.

‘You just get the feeling that everything you’re doing is going wrong.

‘I think, possibly the turning point for us was the Torquay game. The chairman made a great gesture and let the fans in for free and you talk about throwing the kitchen sink at teams, well I think we threw the kitchen sink at them, the garage and the lawnmower at them and, when you think it’s not going to happen, Cav pops up with a goal.

‘The relief you felt around the ground, around the town, around the players, just gave you the belief that you could go on and do it and it was a great achievement in the end.

‘Not so much to stay up, because at the start of the season I firmly believed we would stay up, but because of what we went through last year. I think staying up was a magnificent achievement for the lads.’