MORECAMBE has a special place in the heart of John Coleman but that will not stop the Reds boss wanting to maintain a recent impressive record against his former club.

Stanley travel the Mazuma Stadium looking to end their two-game losing streak and, if recent meetings are anything go by, a trip to the Shrimps is the best place to go.

Since moving from Christie Park in 2010, the Reds have played at the Globe Arena/Mazuma Stadium eight times and have lost only once.

Having been beaten by League One high-flyers Wigan and Sunderland on their last two outings, a positive result will be more than welcomed by Coleman whose side are currently 11th.

Morecambe, under the management of Stephen Robinson, were promoted at Wembley last season with Stanley winger John O’Sullivan winning the decisive penalty. They are currently 16th with three wins so far.

“I had my best playing days at Morecambe,” Coleman told the club website. “I met some unbelievable people who are still friends today, I have got friends who are Morecambe fans, it is a special place in my heart but I didn’t play in the new stadium so that doesn’t have any memories.

“We have generally done well there and hopefully we can keep that up.

“I was commentating on both Morecambe’s Play-Off semi-finals last season. I thought they were terrific, showed a great team spirit, they played some great football and they have kept quite a few players who have earned the right to play in League One and they are doing well this year.

“I know Stephen (Robinson) from my coaching badge days in Ireland and he is a good manager, a good footballing person and to take over a team who had the upheaval they did after getting promoted, he has done really well.

“They had a good performance at Ipswich on the opening day and he has carried that on and had good results. We watched them midweek as they beat Crewe. John Doolan went to the game and he was impressed with what he saw.

“We know we have our work cut out but if we can get back to playing the way we can play, and we know we are capable of this, we are a match for anyone.”

The Reds come up against former player Adam Phillips, who was on loan from Burnley last season with Stanley. The midfielder has got three goals for the Shrimps so far this season.

“Adam is a good footballer and I have made no secret of the fact that I did try to re-sign him but he chose to go to Morecambe and that’s his prerogative.

“We have to hope that he feels on Saturday he has made the wrong decision. All we can do is try and win the game the best we can and the best we know, which is hard work and trying to play good football.”