Ross Etheridge was delighted with his clean sheet at Dagenham – and is targeting more between now and the end of the season to boost Stanley’s automatic promotion bid.

The Reds have kept two shut-outs in the last five games at Wimbledon and at Dagenham and keeper Etheridge knows a couple more could see fifth placed Stanley secure a top three place.

And he is delighted the Reds have a more-or-less settled defence in the last few games at the crucial time of the campaign.

“It’s great as you can talk to the defence and there is not swapping and changing all the time,” said the 21-year-old.

“There is also experience in there with Hughesy (Mark Hughes) and Matty (Pearson) so it is really good.

“If we keep a clean sheet, we have got plenty of players who can get the goals such as Piero (Mingoia), Sean (McConville), Shay (McCartan) and Billy (Kee). We know they can get the goals and we know there is plenty more to come.

“Billy showed that at Dagenham. Hughesy and Tommy (Davies) kept a good line all game and we have kept composed in the final 30 minutes and Billy has popped up and scored the winner.

“The back four has dealt with everything and Seamus (Conneely) and Scotty (Brown) have put balls out wide and we have put some great balls in and we finally got our reward with Billy’s goal.

“I didn’t have many shots to deal with but I had a couple of crosses and the defence has helped me out by dealing with the runners and it has calmed it down really.

“You could see the confidence the win brought in changing room after the game with Tom (Davies) and Matty (Pearson) dancing around. It gets the lads going and morale is high.”