Shay McCartan is hoping he can keep up his decent goalscoring record against Hartlepool tonight.
The frontman scored a brace against them in October 2014 and repeated his double the season after in January 2016.
He was back in the team for Stanley’s 1-0 loss to Stevenage on Saturday, after his season had been hampered with a dead leg and then the shock of falling ill on the pitch in the FA Cup win at Bradford a couple of weeks ago when he came on as a substitute.
Now he has been given the all-clear, with doctors diagnosing it as a bad virus, is hoping he can continue his goalscoring feats against ‘Pool to get the Reds back on track after three successive league losses.
“I do seem to score against Hartlepool, I have no idea why but I have scored couple of braces against them in the last two seasons,” said the 22-year-old.
“It’s a tough game but we are on a bad run and we need to put it right. I know they lost on Saturday (at Doncaster) too so they will be up for it but we need to get a win.”
While McCartan seems to shine against Pool, he admits Stevenage are his – and Stanley’s – bogey team.
McCartan hit the bar last season when Stanley needed to score at home to Stevenage to clinch automatic promotion on the final day of the campaign and he had chances in the first half on Saturday which somehow didn’t go in.
“I don’t like them,” he smiled. “I had one chance which bounced under the keeper and over the bar and, on another day, that would have gone in. I have no idea how that happened.
“We had plenty of chances and I think, if we had got the first goal on Saturday, the floodgates would have opened as they never threatened us. They robbed us really.
“The conditions didn’t help us, and we couldn’t pass the ball or dribble and it made it a lottery.
“Then they had a shot, it hit the foot of Omar Beckles and went into the bottom corner out of the reach of Elliot Parish. It was just their day.
“While we are on a bad run, we are all mature lads and we know we will click. I am still positive, I am still getting on the end of chances and I know they will go in. We are determined to get it right.”