Michael Ihiekwe was delighted to score his first goal for the Reds in their 1-1 draw with league leaders Portsmouth.

The on-loan Rotherham defender headed home Sean McConville’s free kick in the 64th minute – two minutes after Oli Hawkins had put Pompey ahead.

Stanley also saw Billy Kee’s 32nd minute penalty saved by keeper Craig MacGillivray.

Ihiekwe said: “I am delighted with the goal. We like to change our set pieces – we don’t just put it in the box, we play short stuff as well.

“They must have seen that as they had three men on the edge of the box which stopped us doing short corners but in the end it was a good ball in and I got my head on it

“I thought we could have kicked on and we probably deserved to get the second and go on to win the game but they are a good team, they showed that in the first half, they had us pinned in for the first 20 minutes.

“We then grew into the game and we got the penalty. We were unlucky with Billy’s penalty, it was a good save, but I think we did more than enough to win the game.

“But we might look back and say it was a good point at the end of the season.”

Ihiekwe admits he has to work on his celebration.

“I don’t know what to do when I score, I just run back to the centre circle and get ready to go again. I think it was just relief to get a goal back straight away especially after conceding from a set-piece.”

Pompey are the early pacesetters in the league but the defender said yesterday’s draw showed the Reds have nothing to fear in League One.

“I think we are confident with anyone coming here, we play some good stuff.

“We have done well this season, I think every game which goes by, we grow in confidence.

“We just need more belief – I think we gave them too much respect in the first 20 minutes -and you never know where it will take us this season.

“I am enjoying it here, they are a great set of lads and I settled in straight away.

“It’s enjoyable to play in and be a part of and hopefully it will continue.

“We have got the ability and we can do something good this season.”