JON Russell says he is pleased to be surrounded by familiar faces after making an immediate impact at Accrington Stanley.

The midfielder, who marked his first start for the Reds with the winner in the 2-1 victory over Rochdale on Saturday, is one of three Chelsea loanees at the Wham Stadium this season.

Wide man Tariq Uwakwe and goalkeeper Nathan Baxter make up the trio with plenty of Stamford Bridge eyes on Stanley's fortunes this season as John Coleman guides the prospects through the rough and tumble of a campaign in League One.

"It's good to have two other players at the club that you know as it makes it more comfortable from the start," said 20-year-old Russell. "In football you get loans all over the place, so you've got to fully focus on yourself and the team in order to try and win every game."

On the back of ending the seven-year wait for a win over Coleman's former club Dale, Stanley are on the road at top-of-the-table Ipswich Town on Saturday, Paul Lambert's side unbeaten in their first five games of the new season.

"It's about having faith to win every game, we don't worry if we concede first but we've got to keep pushing and we've got the ability to beat any team in this league," Russell told the club website.

"We've got the confidence now ahead of next weekend's away trip, and we know we can win every game."

All three goals against Rochdale came in 12 second-half minutes, Joe Pritchard cancelling out Jimmy Keohane's opener before laying on the winner for Russell.

"I know Joe's got the ability to take players on in a one-on-one situation, so I need to make sure that I'm getting into the box," the Chelsea loanee said.

"I got into a good position and thankfully it's hit the back of the net.

"I'm a box-to-box player and I love to get goals as well for the team.

"The lads are very welcoming and I've had fun. They're nice guys and I get along with the manager, so I'm very happy to be here."