ACCRINGTON Stanley head to Crewe tonight looking to complete their first double of the season – and John Coleman is hoping he can watch some good football in the process.

The Reds boss revealed he likes playing against teams like Crewe who play eye-catching, attractive football but he knows picking up three points will be his main aim.

“I don’t think we have done the double over any one but we haven’t played a lot of teams twice yet,” said Coleman, whose side beat Crewe 1-0 at the Wham Stadium back in November courtesy of a Colby Bishop goal.

“As always, we will give it our best shot. We don’t go anywhere to draw, it’s always to win.

“What has materialised this year is there are no easy games, everyone is capable of beating each other.

“What you have to try and do is keep the scoreboard ticking over with points.”

While Crewe are currently 14th in the league and six points behind Stanley, Coleman believes Dave Artell’s side are one of the best in the division.

“When they get their groove, when they are playing they are difficult to stop but when we get in our groove we are difficult to stop,” Coleman told the club website.

“In my opinion, Crewe are one of the best teams in the league, the way they play their football and I remember the FA Cup exit last year where they were good value for 2-0.

“Dave’s got a good style of football, he is a good character, I like his approach to footy, I like crossing swords with him.

“There is always a bit of banter on the sidelines and he has done remarkably well. I like his manner, the way he goes about his business, he is young enough to climb the ladder.”

Regarding coming up against a team that likes to play passing football, Coleman added: “It’s a better game to watch.

"The Plymouth games were good to watch - two teams who play open football – the Doncaster game was a good one to watch, but you can’t dictate how other teams play.

“Sometimes they will play really good football, they will be up for the game, they will try their best to match you and we have got to try and go that extra yard again and I know we have it in our locker to do that.

“We have got a style of football and we are getting the balance right now in between going long and going short and we have a cracking set of lads and lads who are champing at the bit to get in the team.”

Sean McConville is available having served his four-game ban while Coleman is hoping Paul Smyth is fit after coming off in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury.

Joe Pritchard is expected back in full training at the end of the week.