ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is delighted to have another game to look forward to as he seeks to banish the memory of a 4-0 home defeat to Peterborough United last time out.

The Reds had recorded back to back League One wins prior to the Posh’s visit but were comfortably beaten at the Wham Stadium on Saturday in a game the manager labelled ‘the worst of the season.’

Coleman’s side will now bid to bounce back when they travel across the Pennines to take on Bradford City today.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said the Reds boss. “We welcome the opportunity to try and win games. It will be a tough game.

“We know every game will be tough but we will show a lot better than we did (on Saturday).

“We don’t often turn in performances like that and that may be a wake-up call for some of us.

“Every game we play poses different problems and we know we have to defend better as a team than what we did (on Saturday).

“That is probably the worse we have played all season if truth be known.”

The clash with David Hopkin’s Bantams, who sit in the relegation zone but have lost just one of their last five league matches and beat Rochdale 4-0 at Spotland last time out, could be the final match for a host of Stanley loanees.

The Reds have seven on their books. Matty Platt and Connor Ripley are on season long deals but could be recalled by parent clubs Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough respectively.

The former is expected to return to Ewood Park having struggled for game time with the Reds while a further five - Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham), Connor Hall (Bolton), Nick Anderton (Blackpool) Luke Charman and Dan Barlaser (both Newcastle United) see their temporary stays end after today’s game.

It is believed the Reds are close to agreeing a deal with Barlaser to return on loan for the rest of the season while Anderton is understood to be returning to Blackpool.

Speaking about the loanees after the defeat to Peterborough, Coleman said: “A lot of it is out of my hands. I’ve made the enquiries that I need to I am now just waiting for answers.

“It is (difficult) but that is the nature of the game.

“ I don’t make the rules I just have to abide by them.”