Goal hero Shay McCartan admitted it was a scrappy 1-0 win over Crawley – but it’s only results that count now.
With three games of the normal season remaining, 11th placed Stanley are two points outside the play-offs with a bundle of clubs who all still have hopes of getting into the top seven.
The Reds extended their unbeaten run to 15 games thanks to McCartan’s 48th minute goal and now it’s looking at relegation-haunted Newport along with fellow promotion-chasers Luton and Stevenage in the final three games.
“It was a tough game against Crawley, we didn’t play well and we were sluggish,” said the frontman who now has 11 goals this season.
“But the main thing was that we got the three points – that’s all that matters – and we continued our unbeaten run.
“We have scored and kept a clean sheet so we can’t complain.”
McCartan raced onto a through ball from Sean McConville, who now has 16 assists for the season, and dinked it over Glenn Morris although he did connect with the keeper, who had to have stitches in a head wound.
“I just concentrated on getting the ball before their keeper and obviously as I have dinked it my knee has hit his head and my knee was killing me so his head must have hurt,” said McCartan.
“I went to see him after the game and he is ok, apart from a few stitches.
“I felt I personally didn’t play well against Crawley but I got the goal so that’s all that matters.
“We are only two points off the play-offs now and we need to keep this run going and see where it takes us.
“There are three games to go and anything can happen.
“We will concentrate on going to Newport and getting three points there.
“Then it’s Luton and Stevenage coming up and every game will be tough.
“People won’t underestimate us anymore but, if we just keep playing as we know we can, we will be ok.
“We have come a long way this season. We think we are where we should be – maybe we should be higher – but we didn’t perform in the first six months of the season.
“We have turned it around now and hopefully we can get into the play-offs.”