Sean McConville made history for Accrington Stanley – but says it was more about the win at Bristol Rovers.
The winger fired home in the sixth minute before the Pirates equalised but McConville struck again in the final minute to put the first three points on the board for the Reds in League One.
McConville’s goals were the first for Stanley in League One and the first in the third tier of English football since 1960.
“I am more pleased with the win and the manner of the win,” said the 29-year-old. “It was reminiscent of Luton last season where we scored and then we conceded late on but we didn’t let our heads drop.
“Some teams would buckle and stick with 1-1, or even lose, but the mentality of the lads was unbelievable. We dug in and when it went to 1-1, we started creating even more chances and the goal came. It was great scenes at the end.”
McConville admitted Kayden Jackson’s on-off move to Ipswich last week, which went through on Thursday, did upset the team and played a part in their opening day loss to Gillingham.
“We were disappointed last week, there was a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes and it does affect everyone.
“We analysed it and have come out fighting this week. We have three points on the board and we move on.
“What won us League Two last season was our team spirit, our togetherness and our work-rate, we work our socks off, and we showed that at Bristol.
“We let ourselves down last week but we fully merited the three points yesterday.”
McConville’s double gets him off the mark for the season – he scored 13 in Stanley’s title-winning campaign.
“I always want to score more goals, the aim is always to get into double figures and I did that last season. I am striving every day to better myself, no matter which league we are in.
“It’s great to score but, for me, it was more important to win and send the fans home happy.”