JOHN Coleman is hoping to recover from back-to-back defeats by embarking on another winning streak.

Three wins in a row were followed up by a late 2-1 home loss to Rotherham and 3-0 defeat Oxford United in midweek.

But Coleman has seen enough quality in the performances over the last two games to be confident this his side can bounce back against struggling Bolton Wanderers.

“You don’t like losing, but the performances have been good,” said the Stanley boss.

“We should never have lost against Rotherham, and we paid the price for defensive frailty and not being able to put the ball in the back of the net on Tuesday.

“One of the problems is goals have a massive effect on the way games go so if you miss a lot of chances or you concede silly goals it really influences the balance of play in a game, and none more so than the other night.

“Within a 15 second spell it was like a two-goal swing. We do a lovely move, we carve them open, Joe Pritchard comes in 12 yards out - a really good chance - he hits it and it gets blocked going in. Fifteen seconds later the ball’s in your net.

“So instead of them having to score two to win we’ve got to score two to win. It felt like a two-goal episode.

“We’ve just got to keep battling away and make sure more of them come out on your side.

“That’s something that we’re working to improve on.”

Stanley will do well to improve on their last meeting with Bolton.

The derby at the Wham Stadium in November was not only a highlight of the season but also a landmark moment for the club, given that the 7-1 scoreline was the club’s biggest Football League win.

Key moments went in Stanley’s favour that day, as after going behind early Bolton were reduced to 10 men and the Reds equalised from the penalty spot before going on to capitalise on their one-man advantage in emphatic fashion.

“You get games like that, you go a goal down and then we get the sending off and the penalty, and then we got our tails up,” said Coleman.

“We were playing well before the sending off, we’d had a couple of chances, but once we got the goal I think it settled us. And then you have games where you feel everything you’re going to hit is going to go in.

“We’ve made more chances than that on occasions and lost the games, so we don’t get carried away with that.

“I think it might have a bearing on how they approach it because they’ll be fired up for it because of that defeat.

“But I’ve seen them play several times since and We certainly won’t be underestimating them.

“I’ve seen them play quite a few times in the last six weeks and they’ve been quite unlucky I think.”

“You’ve got to keep your foot on the gas and you’ve got to play as well as you can in every game you play in League One to try to win any game.

“I think the league shows that, how tight it is at the top and how tight it is at the bottom.”