Sean McConville was delighted to make a crucial contribution as Stanley secured League One football for another season
The 30-year-old netted a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle at the Wham Stadium as John Coleman’s side powered to safety in emphatic fashion.
“I’m over the moon,” said McConville. “The big thing was getting over the line with the win but to come home with the match ball and my second Football League hat-trick means I’m delighted.
“I think it’ll put smiles on everyone’s faces and the players more so because we’ve had some disappointing defeats that we haven’t deserved this year and they’re the ones that decide whether you can challenge for the play-offs or are battling relegation.
“Turning those defeats into draws or draws into wins and you’re looking the other way but we haven’t been able to do that. Today everything has gone right for us.”
McConville’s first goal came from a deflected free kick and the match ball was confirmed with a fine curling effort in the second half but the strike that has been drawing plaudits is his second as he capped a move from the Stanley penalty area involving several team mates.
“The gaffer said we’ve given the Goal of the Season prize away too soon,” he laughed. “For the team in terms of a move I think it’s the best we’ve scored all year. And that’s not just because I scored it! The actual move was frightening. To play football like that on that pitch and score a goal like that is incredible really.”
The victory moves Stanley seven points clear of the bottom four with just one game left and guarantees third tier status for 19/20.
“It means a lot,” added McConville. “The fans have stuck by us through thick and thin and they don’t want to see us relegated. I didn’t want a relegation on my CV. It’s fantastic for everyone at the club, the fans, the management and players. We’ll regroup in the summer and go again.”