Mark Hughes admitted his late leveller against Blackpool felt like a winner on Saturday.

The defender headed home a Sean McConville corner to rescue a point for the Reds in the 93rd minute.

The 31-year-old has scored a number of vital goals for Stanley over the years – and he admits this one was special as well.

“Any goal you score is special,” said Hughes. “It did feel like a winner at Blackpool and I think we deserved it.

“It’s always nice to score in front of your own fans as well!

“I must admit, it was getting late and I said to Connor Ripley to come up for the corner. Thankfully he didn’t hear me as I think he would have got in my way.

“But I do hang around the back post and sometimes it comes off!

“My most memorable goal for Accrington was the winner at Wycombe a couple of seasons ago but I have scored a couple of vital goals. For us at Blackpool it was important to keep the momentum going as we are four games unbeaten in the league.”

Hughes is now looking ahead to Scunthorpe at home on Saturday, who have just appointed former Bradford City manager Stuart McCall as their new boss.

“They have a new manager and usually, when clubs have a new manager, you have to be wary as it gives players a new lease of life and they have a point to prove.

“For us though, it’s about getting our first win at home. We have only lost one game at home in 2018 – Gillingham on the opening day – and then drew with Charlton.

“We know our home form is important and we want to carry on our momentum.

“I have found in this league, that any mistakes are punished a bit more – that’s the main difference from League One and League Two.”