STANLEY boss John Coleman felt he got the reaction he was looking from his players despite Tuesday night's League One defeat to Wycombe, and now wants to turn that performance into a result when Cheltenham Town visit on Saturday.

The Reds are without a third tier victory in six games, a run stretching back to October, but they have come through an FA Cup first round tie against Colchester United.

And they face another League Two side in the Robins this weekend.

Asked if the cup clash has come at a good time given the recent league struggles, the Reds boss said: "I think it is six and two threes, I just want to win games.

"I really feel as though in the last two games we have missed an opportunity to have six points on the board, we should be on 34 points now which would be a really healthy league position and we would probably be fifth but you can't look back.

"You can only look back and educate yourself and try and find ways to avoid repeating mistakes.

"I thought we were very good on Tuesday. After they scored (the equaliser) we were a bit loose but we went for it and we made three or four chances. They had one and took it, you could give him (Alex Samuel) that opportunity 1,000 times and he wouldn't thread it through Mark Hughes and Connor Ripley ever again."

Stanley will be favourites to progress to the third round against a Cheltenham side who are hovering just above the drop zone in League Two.

But the Robins' defeat to Bury in midweek is their only loss in seven games in all competitions and Coleman is wary of an upset.

"Form counts for nothing in the FA Cup and league table positions count for nothing," he added.

"It is going to be a difficult game and we have to treat it accordingly."

The Reds have the carrot of the third round and a potential date with one of the Premier League big boys in the new year while victory tomorrow would also earn the club £54,000 in prize money.

"We want to get there," said Coleman of reaching the third round.

"The FA Cup has played a big part in Accrington Stanley's history and that FA Cup run (2003-04) when we beat Bournemouth and Huddersfield set the platform for us going full time and without us going full time we would never be in the Football League."