John Coleman won’t dwell on Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Rotherham and is now fully focused on tonight's clash with promotion-chasing Oxford United as Accrington Stanley look for their first league win of 2022.

The Reds boss admitted he was ‘beat’ after the 1-0 loss to league leaders Rotherham when Stanley were awarded an 85th minute penalty, a Millers fan ran onto the pitch and kicked the ball off the spot and Harry Pell’s delayed spot kick was then saved.

" I drew a line under all that at 9pm on Saturday," Coleman told the club website. "I have worked a lot on training my mind to be positive and to eliminate negative thoughts. All my focus now is coming up with a plan to beat Oxford.”

The Reds have gone six games without a win – with four draws in that – but he knows he has strength in depth with four January signings to boost his squad as they look to get back on track.

“It’s a while since we won at home (against Rotherham on Boxing Day) but saying that it’s a while since we lost at home although I don’t like draws, particularly at home.

“We are playing against a very good Oxford side who have had some wonderful results. We have watched them a few times, we know what to expect, they are a good footballing team but we can compete against anybody.

“Things are looking promising for the strength of the squad and it’s up to me to pick the right team on any given day and make the right subs at the right time.”

The Reds are assessing the fitness of top scorer Colby Bishop (ankle) who missed the Millers game.