FITNESS and home form will be integral to Accrington Stanley’s chances of success this season, says manager John Coleman.

The Reds have won both of their League Two games at the Wham Stadium so far and will be looking to make it a hat-trick when they entertain Steve Cotterill’s Shrewsbury Town tomorrow.

But they will be without injured trio John O’Sullivan, Joe Pritchard and captain Seamus Conneely, while James Trafford and Dion Charles are away on international duty.

“If we can keep Seamus, Johnno and Joe all fit, with the ones who are fit now, and keep them altogether, we have a good chance as we have a strong squad,” said Coleman.

“Teams don’t like playing us because they know we have a great work ethic, we play football and compete until the 90th minute.

“You can’t rest on your laurels and say we have got a good enough squad as you will go backwards so we are always looking to improve.”

And Coleman is looking for improvements to bounce back from the disappointment of defeat at MK Dons last weekend.

“We have had a good week’s training and we are trying to iron out what went wrong on Saturday at MK Dons although there wasn’t a great deal,” said the Stanley boss.

“We have got into a bit of a routine now where we are choosing to go long a little bit too quickly and we are going to have to iron that out as we have got players who are capable of passing through the lines, who are capable of making chances.

“You are just trying to win games and do whatever you can to win games. I would like us to play a bit more of an aesthetically pleasing style of football but sometimes that’s not the case, sometimes you are not allowed to do that but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be for want of trying.”

Coleman added: “We also know, if we are going to be successful in this league, we have got to have good home form and the fans make a massive difference, we all appreciate it.”