On-loan defender Jordan Thorniley insists that the Reds flying start to the season is no surprise to him.
The 20-year-old joined Stanley on-loan from Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in August and is thrilled with his first taste of Football League action.
“No I’m not surprised by our start to the season,” said Thorniley. “Nobody in the dressing room is because we’ve got a really good squad here, we play football the right way and with the players we have that can only bring good results.
“I’m enjoying it here, we’ve played some good football against some good sides, it’s a really physical league and I’ve enjoyed that challenge, I think it can only help me get better.”
Thorniley, a centre-half by trade, has made the Stanley left-back position his own since arriving from the Owls – and the former-Everton academy man is happy to help his new teammates out wherever he can.
“This has been my first real taste of playing left-back,” he said. “I played there a couple of times during my scholarship days at Everton but in competitive football it’s a new experience.
“It’s physically much more demanding but I’m happy to do a job wherever the gaffer wants me to play, I’m learning more with every game that I play.
“On a personal level I think that my understanding of the game and game management has really improved since I arrived, knowing when to play it short, when to go long, making decisions in a much quicker-paced situation than I’ve been used to.”
After missing last Saturday’s draw with Cheltenham, Thorniley returned to the side that beat Port Vale on Tuesday and the defender has praised the effort of his teammates and he is expecting a similar battle when they visit bottom of League Two Forest Green on Saturday.
“Tuesday night was a hard-earned victory,” he added. “We all had to dig-in together, everybody put a shift in and if you do that you will get what you deserve.
“Obviously the pitch at Port Vale is massive and I could really feel it in the last 20 minutes, we were hanging on but I think that was the most rewarding win we’ve had since I’ve been here.
“It’s going to be another difficult one for us [Forest Green], they are scrapping towards the bottom of the table and you could say that they have more to lose than us.
“You expect struggling teams with a point to prove to maybe come flying out at the start, but I think at Chesterfield and Port Vale we dominated the early stages, it just takes one decision or one chance for them to get their tails-up and believe they have a chance.
“But we are more than confident in our ability as a side to go and put in another good performance and come away with the three points, it would complete a good week on the road for us.”