Three points, however they come, is what John Coleman is searching for when Stanley host MK Dons tomorrow.

The Reds are without a win in their four League One games so far, three of which have been away from home.

They return to the Wham Stadium looking to erase the memories of their previous home game against Shrewsbury where they looked well set to take three points, only to concede three times in the final 13 minutes.

With an impressive new playing surface, Coleman has acknowledged that will give them more chance of playing the football he wants to see from his team.

But winning football is of most importance to the Stanley boss.

He said: “You have to be flexible and sometimes players take it too literally in what your ethos is of how you play the game.

“The first aim of any game of football is to win, not to look good or pretty. If you can do that as well then it’s a bonus.

“The first objective is to win the game, how you go about that is immaterial.

“Obviously it’s nice to win games in style but I’d certainly take one off Colby Bishop’s backside if it was the one goal to win the game.

“The season is still in its infancy and the more they play together and understand each other, and if we can replicate some of the football we played against Shrewsbury, we will go a long way to winning games.”

Stanley’s task will be made all the more difficult as they are without three attacking options as Courtney Baker-Richardson and Offrande Zanzala are injured, while Sean McConville is suspended.

Coleman has gone with a 4-4-2 formation in the opening weeks and says finding a system to suit the players at his disposal is what he has to do as a manager.

“That was the classic case the first time we made the play-offs,” Coleman explained.

“We were the first team to bring in 4-2-3-1 in to League Two and by the time we got it right mid-way through the season we went on an unbelievable run and made the play-offs.

“Unfortunately we lost those players before we kicked a ball in the play-offs.

“The following season we tried to replicate that but we couldn’t so we went to 4-3-3 which has never been my favourite system but the players we had dictated that was the only way we could play. Sometimes you have to adapt.”

Assessing the start, with one point on the board, Coleman added: “If it was a teacher’s report, it would read must do better, and we’ve got to cut out the individual errors in our game.

“We know we should have won against Shrewsbury and if we had kept 10 men on the pitch against AFC Wimbledon we might have got the win then.”