Jordan Clark knows every goal counts – and he was relieved to score in Stanley’s Checkatrade Trophy win with West Brom U21s which took the Reds through to the knockout stages.
Clark has scored one League One goal this season – in August in the 1-1 draw with Charlton – and admitted he was getting desperate for another.
He scored the opener after the re-start last night, West Brom equalised before Ross Sykes scored the winner in injury time to make it two wins out of two in the group stages of the competition.
“It was a scrappy game, we didn’t play the best but we are through and that’s the main thing,” said the 25-year-old.
“And I’ve got a little monkey off my back with scoring so I’m happy.
“I last scored against Charlton so it’s a long time ago, and I missed a few good chances on Saturday so I was delighted the gaffer played me because, when you’re disappointed, you just can’t wait for the next game. I was happy to get on the pitch.
“I was really low on Saturday at Coventry. I know we got a point, which will probably turn out to be a good point, but on personal performance I was really disappointed because the lads gave everything and I had two really good chances and if you take one you win the game.
“It’s disappointing but you’ve just got to move on.”
Clark has had to sit out a game’s suspension with five yellow cards which for a winger is unusual – but his fellow wideman Sean McConville has also done the same with both back in contention for the FA Cup first round game with Colchester on Saturday.
“I can’t believe I had five yellow cards. I can’t make a tackle and I got five yellow cards!
“They were for silly little niggles I think. Everyone’s asking me how I got five yellows. I couldn’t believe it but I know I have to be careful now.”
Clark knows the Checkatrade Trophy offers the Reds a realistic chance of playing on the hallowed turf at Wembley and that’s why John Coleman has taken it seriously – and Stanley are through to the last 32 with a group game to spare.
“Anyone will tell you that you want to play at Wembley in your career. I’ve been once to watch and Barnsley lost so it wasn’t the greatest experience, in 2008.
“Every player should be striving to play at Wembley.
“Everyone says it’s probably the easiest way to get there, which it probably is, but we’d take it.
“We’ve got the FA Cup on Saturday, which will be a big game so we’ll look forward to that and then next Tuesday it’s Blackpool in the Checkatrade so the games are coming thick and fast. We’ve got three competitions inside a week so we’ll look forward to them.”