JOHN Coleman is delighted with how his in-form Stanley squad is progressing but is on the lookout for reinforcements in January.

The Reds welcome Blackpool to the Wham Stadium today having lost just one of their last nine in League One.

A couple of good moves on the recruitment front could make the difference in the second half of the season and while Coleman is assessing his options he is keen to praise his current crop who sit eighth, a point outside the play-off places with games in hand on the sides around them.

“We are possibly not in as strong a financial position as Blackpool to strengthen in January but it’s not all been about money with us,” said the Stanley boss.

“We will try and get a couple of players in in January that’s for sure but only time will tell if we can maintain our form going forward.

“What I know is that I have a squad of players in there that, even if I didn’t bring any players in in January, they will give me their all every game we play and in training and you can’t ask for any more than that.

“So far it’s been working more than it hasn’t been working and we have been getting results.”

Today’s visitors are on a good run themselves having won seven of their last 10 games with Neil Critchley’s side currently 12th after a slow start.

“I said from day one Blackpool would be up there challenging,” Coleman told the club website.

“They went through a bit of a slump in form but I had no hesitation that they were going to get it right.

“They have got good players and a good manager, good staff, and this is one of the ones, if we are going to compete at the top end, these are the games that you have got to embrace and bring them on.

“Neil is a good footballing person, a good student of the game. You have just got to see the youngsters who have come through his leadership and how well they have done for the first team for Liverpool.

“At Blackpool, he has recruited well and they are a big club, slowly starting to regain their big club status after times in the doldrums.

“I have had a couple of good chats with Neil this season already about the mechanics of this level and he is definitely going the right way, getting young hungry players as, in my opinion, that’s the route to success. They will be there or thereabouts.”