Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy is boosted by the availability of striker Paul Mullin ahead of the home clash with Accrington.

The former Stanley forward has been struggling with a calf strain in recent weeks but has declared himself fit to face his old club.

McIlroy has no other major concerns as his men bid to end their miserable run against John Coleman's team.

Accrington have won five and drawn one of the six Football League games played between the two sides so far and McIlroy admits it is time that that record came to an end.

He said: "Most teams have a bogey side and Accrington have become ours over the past couple of seasons and we need that to stop."

Accrington manager John Coleman has only one injury worry to contend.

Midfielder Chris Turner, 20, is doubtful due to an ankle injury, although Coleman has an otherwise clean bill of health to fall back on.

The Stanley boss will be looking to mastermind a much-needed victory after a lengthy break for his charges.

Just two points above the League Two drop zone, the Lancashire outfit have not played since the December 11 loss at Barnet.

Coleman's first-team coach Mark Patterson believes the 48-year-old will be head-hunted despite their poor form this season.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "There will come a point when he moves up and he will deserve it because he has done such a good job."

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