Date: 3rd December 2007 at 1:52pm
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ACCRINGTON STANLEY defender Mark Roberts is insisting that John Coleman’s men are on the up and that the Reds will soon be back challenging in the top eight of League Two.

The defenders statement came on the eve of the F.A. Cup Third Round draw, a draw which Stanley won’t be in after crashing out in the First Round of the competition after a narrow 3-2 defeat to League One’s Huddersfield Town at The Fraser Eagle Stadium.

But on Wednesday it’s back to the action following a weekend break, as Stanley welcome rivals Rochdale, who currently have Stanley forward Lee McEvilly on-loan, to the the Fraser, hoping to boost the clubs league position.

And Roberts believes Stanley deserve to be up with the big boys of the league after a great opening to the season, which has seen the Reds climb to just outside the play-offs. But now the Reds sit 13th in the League Two pecking order, and Roberts believes that now is the time to show what the club is made of.

‘We are only looking upwards, not downwards,’ said the former Crewe man, speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph.

‘Even after last weekend’s results, we are still in the mix.

‘If we can pick up another good result against Rochdale on Wednesday, we would be nearer to pushing into the top eight again and that’s what everyone is aiming for.

‘We are satisfied with our league position at the moment, although we could have been a couple of places higher.

‘There’s definitely room for improvement. But we don’t want to get carried away – there’s still a lot of games to be played this season ‘First thing’s first, we want to secure safety, but we are looking at the play-offs rather than looking down the league.’