Stanley’s match winner Peter Murphy feels that his last minute goal at Bristol Rovers might just be his best yet.
The midfielder was the hero in the 93rd minute at the Memorial Stadium, securing the three points with his eighth of the season.
Five of the 23-year-old’s goals have come in the last five minutes of games but this one proved to be the difference in an extremely tight game with the Pirates.
“I think it was probably the best,” said Murphy. “It was a tough game to get any passages of play going as we like to and the pitch was difficult and away from home it’s always hard anyway. The last minute made it all worthwhile!
“It was a great through ball from Joycey and a set back by Kayode and then a great ball in, one of the few we managed all night. As it was on its way to Webbs I just shouted him and he knocked it down to me.”
The game only went ahead after a 5pm pitch inspection following heavy rain in the south west and Murphy believes that made a tough task ever more difficult.
“You didn’t know what you were going to get from it,” he explained. “Some bits were firm and some weren’t. In places it was just sludge. We played okay considering the conditions.
“Away from home anywhere is always difficult and you know that you are going to come under pressure. We expected that but we know that we will always get that one chance and fortunately we took it.”
Stanley have now won five of their last seven games away from the Store First Stadium and Murphy thinks that shows the players have managed to find different ways to play.
“When we go away from home we have to try to quieten the crowd down to turn it to our advantage,” he concluded. “It’s about staying in the game and keeping doing your thing. At Cheltenham we got the perfect start and dominated but last night was the opposite – we hung on in there.”