Jimmy Bell says he is proud of his players as Stanley sit in sixth place in the League One table after 13 matches.

The assistant manager was reflecting on the season so far ahead of Saturday’s trip to second placed Peterborough on Saturday.

Bell said: “I am proud of the players and what the club has achieved. It’s the way we have performed as well and I believe there is still more to come for us. I am optimistic for the rest of the season.

“We knew, after winning the League Two title, that we had the potential but we did not know how we would do when we stepped up to the higher league.

“We were stepping into the unknown, we did not know how we would go on, but our performances have been exceptional. I am privileged to work with this group of players who want to entertain.”

Bell knew the Reds lost three players in goalkeeper Aaron Chapman, who now plays for the Posh, striker Kayden Jackson and defender Janoi Donacien before the transfer window closed.

“We lost three key players and they were always going to be difficult to replace. It took a bit of time but we have Offrande Zanzala who couldn’t hit a barn door a couple of weeks ago and is now banging in goals and is everything a centre forward should be.

“We have Michael Ihiekwe who came in for Jimmy Dunne and has been fantastic. Dan Barlaser has done well while both keepers Connor Ripley and Jonny Maxted have stepped up, it feels a really good time to be part of Stanley.”