ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is pleased to see Billy Kee back in scoring form and praised the striker's attitude and appetite ahead of tomorrow's League One game with Peterborough United.

The frontman notched the second goal in Stanley's Boxing Day 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town, his eighth of the season but first in the league since October 13.

The 28-year-old did find the net in the FA Cup win over Cheltenham Town earlier in the month but Coleman revealed Kee had refocused his efforts in recent weeks and reaped the rewards with his goal against the Shrews.

"I was delighted for Billy," said Coleman. "In the last three games he has been sensational so that is just rewards for the effort he has put in.

"He has tried to change it round himself and he has done things differently over the last couple of weeks.

"You can see he has got a little bit fitter, a little bit stronger and a bit more focussed and we are reaping the benefits of that.

"The staff are constantly chatting with Billy and you have to manage him differently and he has done a lot of self evaluation and he has worked hard and it is paying off at the moment."

Kee partnered Connor Hall in attack against Shrewsbury in what was the Bolton loanees' first league start of the season.

And Coleman was pleased with how the 20-year-old, who was replaced by Offrande Zanzala for the last 20 minutes, performed.

"I thought he was excellent," the Reds chief said of Hall who's loan deal expires next week.

"We didn't expect him to play the full 90 because it would be a big ask to not start a game and then play 90 minutes. I know myself it takes a lot our of you with the nervous energy when you start a game.

"But I thought he acquitted himself really well and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet but made some really good intelligent runs and showed some good link-up play."

Hall will hope to retain his place for the visit of sixth-place Peterborough where a Stanley win would take them to within four points of their opponents with a game in hand.

Posh have failed to win any of their last four league matches but Coleman, who saw his team win 1-0 in the reverse fixture in October, is wary of the threat posed by Steve Evans' side.

"They are a good side," said the Reds boss. "They have a manager who is a character and produces good teams and good attacking football.

"They have good players all over the park. They changed their formation on Boxing Day and so there is a chance they might do that again this time and whatever they throw at us we will have to deal with.

"We are expecting a feisty encounter and bring it because I love games like that.

"The game earlier in the season will have no bearing, it may bring a bit more spice for them and fire them up a bit more but we will focus on ourselves."

The Reds go into the game having taken six points from their two festive fixtures and welcome Seamus Conneely back to the squad after the midfielder missed the win over Shrewsbury Town with a knock.