STANLEY will not be able to replicate the numbers from the League Two record crowd that witnessed Saturday’s 2-0 win at Coventry - but John Coleman wants fans to bring the noise again.

The Reds boss felt the 500-plus Stanley fans in a 28,343 gate, played as key a role as Jordan Clark’s brace fired them to second in League Two.

And Coleman is looking to cement that position when they entertain Crewe tonight - with the same help from the stands.

“I thought our fans were magnificent on Saturday,” said the Stanley chief. “People will go on about it being a record crowd for League Two, but forget the numbers, just for passion alone our fans are brilliant.

“When they go to a big stadium they very rarely get out-sung - it doesn’t matter how many (they are outnumbered) by - and Saturday was no exception.

“It doesn’t half make a difference to our players, the fact that they get behind us and they stay behind us. Even when things aren’t going right they are still positive, which I think definitely helps the players.”

Stanley’s capacity at the Wham Stadium is dwarfed by Coventry’s Ricoh Arena but Coleman is confident their fans can pump up the volume regardless.

“The fans can certainly replicate the noise,” he said. “You say it’s the 12th man and that’s a big cliche, but if you get one per cent more out of a player because of the contribution of the fans then it’s a positive outcome.

“We’ve been doing okay at home and we’ve got to try to maintain that form. As I keep repeating myself every game is difficult, every game is quite similar in our league, it’s played with a lot of intensity and is quite physical - which I don’t mind - and you’ve just got to eliminate your mistakes and the more you eliminate your mistakes you know you’ve got the quality to hurt teams, and that’s what we’ve got to look to do again.”

Meanwhile, Coleman is hoping that Stanley’s shirt giveaway to 3,000 Year 3 schoolchildren will soon help to boost attendances.

“It’s sometimes difficult for kids to come to a night match, they like to get to bed early, but you’d certainly hope that we might see some on the next Saturday home game,” he added.