ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman feels his side can take heart from their testing run of four games against top seven opposition but wants to return to winning ways as soon as possible.

The Reds earned a 1-1 draw with Coventry City on Saturday but it could have been a victory with Michael Doyle cancelling out Offrande Zanzala’s strike three minutes from time.

The point keeps Stanley in the top six, ahead of the Sky Blues on goals scored, and the Reds have taken five points from four straight games against four top seven sides, losing just once.

The Ricoh Arena draw does mean it is three League One games without a win for Stanley who not back in league action until November 17 when fourth-place Barnsley visit the Wham Stadium.

“It’s not bad but we want to win games,” said Coleman of the last four games which would have yielded a healthy seven point return were it not for Coventry’s late leveller.

“When you are leading with two minutes to go and you have only got to see it out it is disappointing.

“We just needed to be a little bit tighter on their goal and our two talisman in Sean McConville and Billy Kee who are the best at seeing games out were not on the pitch.”

The first half in the Midlands was low on quality with both sides struggling to create clear chances although Jordy Hiwula headed over when well placed for the home side and Jordan Clark hit the bar for Stanley with a deflected effort.

Coleman’s men started the second period with real vigour and deservedly led when Zanzala crashed home from the edge of the box.

But Coventry responded and secured a share of the spoils through Doyle.

“I can’t fault the players, they were fantastic in the second half. In the first half I thought both teams just tried to cancel each other out,” added the Reds boss.

“There was no real creativity and they had a good chance when their lad headed over the bar and we’ve had a good chance where Jordan Clark has hit the bar.

“There was nothing in the first half, we were disappointed we didn’t stamp our authority and play our game.

“We came out of the traps in the second half on top, won every ball and must have had five corners in the first five minutes of the second half. We deservedly got the lead and then it was just a shame we couldn’t see it out.

“Connor (Ripley) has made a great save and unfortunately it has fell to him (Doyle) when it could have gone anywhere.”

“I don’t think anyone could of begrudged us the win if we had won it.”

Stanley could have taken the points in the closing stages when Zanzala elected to pass to Connor Hall instead of taking a shot before Clark was denied by home keeper Lee Burge.

And Coleman was pleased to see his side attacking to the last.

He added: “What I will say about the character of our lads is that most teams who come here and are winning 1-0 and concede in the 88th minute will do their best to see out a 1-1.

“We went up the other end and made two good chances after that. That tells you what our purpose is and what our goals are.”

Stanley saw strikers Billy Kee and Zanzala forced off through injury in the second half but the latter was suffering with cramp while Kee, who was captain at Coventry, is expected to be fit for the FA Cup first round game with Colchester United next week.