ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is concerned by the amount of goals his side are conceding as they head into the match away at Wycombe Wanderers tonight.

The Reds have not kept a clean sheet in 25 league games and have had 46 goals put past them in that time.

In their last two games, Stanley have let six goals in as they drew 3-3 at Bristol City and were beaten 3-1 by Sunderland at the Wham Stadium last time out on Saturday.

"I’m very concerned about the clean sheets. I’m more concerned by the amount of goals we’re conceding. It must be about 25 goals this season," said Coleman.

"The manner of them is the one. The first goal, we know how to defend throw ins, we got through them in our sleep and yet someone decides not to pick up a man and they run to the by-line unopposed and cross it.

"To compound that, we decide not to mark the lad that scores. One mistake leads to another mistake time and time again."

When asked whether he has to pick himself up or the players first for the game at Wycombe, the boss said: "It’s neither for me, I’m really low at the moment because we’ve lost to Sunderland the club and not Sunderland the team.

"That’s the only way I can equate it to our players. They were no better than us. They finished better than us.

"I can’t say they defended better than us because of the chances that we had. We’ve got to be better."

Coleman insists his side need to be better in both boxes if they are to improve in League One.

"We’ve got to better in both boxes, that’s the harsh reality. I think in the middle we’re as good anybody. Our interchange play was fantastic," added Coleman.

"Some of the balls we played in were great. We don’t get on the end of crosses and we don’t finish, we got a couple kicked off the line late on and there’s not a hunger to, as my brother used to say to me ‘stamp on your granny’ to put it in.

"We’ve got to get a bit more ruthless. People can mistake aggression for going out and kicking people, you’ve just got to have a little bit more desire to defend.

"Sadly, that’s getting knocked out of football every day. It’s going to be a long hard season for us.

"We can’t keep conceding three goals every week if we think we’re going to do anything in this league.

"Some of our forward play is fantastic, but we continually leave the back door unlocked and we can’t complain if we get burned."