Jimmy Bell has praised frontman Offrande Zanzala as Stanley head to promotion-chasing Peterborough today.
Zanzala has scored four goals in the last four games and is now finding his form after being in and out of the team at the start of the campaign.
He had big boots to fill when Kayden Jackson left in August to Ipswich but the assistant boss feels Zanzala is now stepping up to the plate.
“I always knew he would score goals. In fact I had a debate as one of my sons felt he wouldn’t and me and one of my other sons were firmly in the Zanzala camp,” said Bell.
“He wasn’t doing a lot wrong except putting the ball in the net. He was running down the channels, making chances and winning penalties – he was doing everything but scoring.
“I knew once he scored one, that would get him going and so it has proved. He has been fantastic.
“His upbringing in Congo, having to flee due to the Civil War, he has been through so much and I am made up he is doing well.
“He appreciates everything in life and we are all so happy for him.”
Bell also praised Newcastle loan midfielder Dan Barlaser who has secured a regular starting place after injury to captain Seamus Conneely.
“Dan has come in and raised the bar, he has been exceptional. Seamus knows that but I have every confidence Seamus will be pushing him to get his place back.”
Bell was also delighted with that statistic that it’s been 28 games since Stanley have taken the lead and lost – at Stevenage a year ago.
“This team have got a way of winning,” said Bell. “If we do take the lead we have tended to hold onto it and if we go behind, we have found a way of pegging teams back which is not a bad recipe to have.”