JOHN Coleman wants everyone involved with Accrington Stanley to embrace the pressure of being involved in the League Two promotion race.

Stanley can close the gap on leaders Luton to just one point if they can overcome Morecambe at the Wham Stadium tonight.

A run of 28 points from their last 11 games has seen Stanley move in to second place, four points clear of fourth-placed Notts County with a game in hand.

Stanley have 12 games in which to secure enough points to achieve their promotion aim, with Coleman excited by the challenge which lies ahead.

“You want to be involved in this, you want the pressure,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“This is what you set out to do at the start of the season and you have to be prepared to handle the pressure.

“Every game we play for different reasons is going to be riddled with pressure but I know the players are enjoying it, I’m certainly enjoying it and I think just by the reaction of the fans after the games and the fact numbers are growing shows they are enjoying it as well.

“It’s got to be a communal effort, everyone has to play their part and hopefully enjoy the success if we can get it.”

Stanley missed out in the play-offs in 2015/16 and are aiming to go one better this time around. And Coleman believes there is a lot to be proud of at the club.

He added: “I’ve gone on record and will keep saying it, there has never been a better time as a fan, a player or manager and coaching staff to be at Accrington than right now.

“That’s not against the people who fought valiantly to get us to where we were in the first place, and then to keep us afloat when there were holes everywhere.

“That’s nothing against them, they should be applauded for keeping us afloat but now we’re in a situation where we can challenge better and we’ve never been in that position before.”

Stanley’s game at Newport on Saturday was postponed on Saturday, and Coleman said: “We have one or two knocks, but the lack of playing has possibly helped some of those come through but may have hampered the fitness of one or two but we’re not complaining.”