JOHN Coleman believes Oxford United are the best team to have visited the Wham Stadium so far this season.

Accrington Stanley drew 2-2 with Oxford back in October, but the Stanley manager thinks that was the best performance any side have put in on their own ground.

The two sides meet at the Kassam Stadium tonight and Coleman is expecting it to be an exciting game.

Oxford are ninth in League One and come into this game on the back of an impressive win at Ipswich Town.

"They turned their form around by winning on Saturday. They’d been in the doldrums a bit after the FA Cup.

"They’ve got back on track and probably the best team that have played here. They’ll think their promotion charge is back on track now.

"They’ve got a couple of games in hand with the cup games as well. They’re a top side, they’ve turned out the best performance at our place when we drew 2-2, it was a cracking game. We know all about them and they know all about us.

"I like Karl (Robinson), it’ll be good to see him again and have a bit of banter with him on the side lines.

"He’s knows good players. He’s set them up to play attractive football, plays football the way I like it to be played so that means it’s going to be a good game, weather permitting.

"Oxford can be a big club; he’s got them going and if he gets them promoted then who knows what he can do."

Stanley fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to league leaders Rotherham United on Saturday, Coleman was disappointed his side didn't get anything out of the game, but admitted it shows how far the Reds have come.

"We’ve done enough to get something out of the game. I spoke to their manager afterwards and he agreed," added the Stanley boss.

"I’d like to see Rotherham go on and win it actually because there’s quite a few of our ex-players there and their manager is a good man. I’d like to see them get promoted.

"We’ve pushed them all the way and they’re top of the league, so it shows you that we’ve improved. The fact that we’re disappointed, I’m disappointed we didn’t win.

"Disappointed that we haven’t got something out of the game against the league leaders and I think the players are disappointed as well.

"We know we can compete against the better teams; we’ve got to keep doing it."

Jerome Opoku is struggling with a knock ahead of the match in Oxford and Mark Hughes is a slight doubt with a calf injury - both could still be involved.