JOHN Coleman has praised the impact Nathan Baxter has had on his Accrington Stanley side - off the pitch as much as on it.

The on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper has kept clean sheets in 50 per cent of his 10 League One appearances to keep the Reds in touch with the play-off pack.

But Coleman says his attitude away from the pitch has been just as influential.

Baxter had to bide his time before making his league debut for Stanley following his arrival from Stamford Bridge, due to the early season form of Toby Savin.

Indeed, it was not until mid-December that he made his first league start for the Reds.

It was unusual territory for the young stopper. Despite only turning 22 in November, Baxter has a wealth of first team experience thanks to loan spells at clubs including Woking, Yeovil and Ross County.

He was used to being first choice at previous clubs. But Coleman was impressed with how he handled being on the bench for a while.

"I think Nathan Baxter who was the one who set the bar this year. He came in, a big reputation from Chelsea and couldn't get in because of Toby's unbelievable form at the start of the season, and Toby didn't do much wrong to lose his place. But he (Baxter) never complained once, model professional and I think that's rubbed off onto a lot of the players. It's refreshing," said the Stanley boss, who more recently has seen a similar positive attitude from Cameron Burgess.

"I had a chat with Cam, he lost his place for what I thought was a harsh sending off - he'd made two fouls against Hull. I think in hindsight the referee probably wouldn't have sent him off if he'd realised he'd already booked him.

"They weren't dramatic yellow cards. But Cam lost his place, yet his attitude around the place and around the lads was fantastic. I commented on that and he said 'the way the feeling is around the place you'd stand out like a sore thumb if you didn't want to be supportive of the team'. But he said that's what he wants to do anyway, he wants to support the team and obviously he wants to play. He came in the other night and he was fantastic, and he came on as a sub on Saturday as well.

"That's what we've got. And we've got lads who are all wanting each other to do well. Obviously they want to play, but first and foremost the goal is for the team to win games," said the Stanley boss.

"The squad, the club and everyone can play a part in that. Everyone who's connected with the club's important in that respect. Everyone does their little job that all goes to the greater good of getting where we want to go."