John Coleman was delighted with his team as they put themselves into the third round draw of the FA Cup with a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town.
The League One side had taken the lead through Jordan Clarke’s goal in the first half but Tom Aldred equalised to ensure a replay at Huish Park in 10 days’ time to decide the tie.
“I thought we were fantastic today,” the Stanley manager said. “Yeovil had a 15-minute spell in the first half where they scored whereas we had a 75-minute spell but only managed to score one goal.
“It was a great game. It would have been cruel if the header had gone in at the end but it’s a fantastic save by Jack Rose.
“It was a smashing cup tie and a smashing advertisement for the FA Cup and the passion that is shown for it at a lower level.”
The Scouser was forced into two changes for the match as both John O’Sullivan and Sean Maguire were refused permission to play in the competition by their parent clubs Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United but was full of praise for those who did take to the field.
“The players were tremendous and some of the football we played was breathtaking. But for the width of a post would be in the next round.
“When we play like that and we pop it about we look a good side.
“You have to bare in mind that we were missing a couple of players because their parent clubs wouldn’t let them play and we had three or four who have been ill all week so for some of them to last so long is a testament to how hard they work,” he added.
“Although I’m disappointed with the result I’ve got to be pleased with the performance.”
The manager insists that he holds no worries about making the long trip down to Somerset for the replay.
“Give Yeovil their due, they’re a decent side and we were warning our lads all week that they can hurt us and, at times, they did look threatening on the counter-attack.
“I’d sooner be making that trip rather than being out of the cup and watching some other team play on the TV,” he quipped. “I’m delighted with the opportunity to go to Yeovil.
“I’ll watch the draw but it’s immaterial because we aren’t in the draw. We’re in the second round draw and we’ve got Yeovil, which is what I said when we drew at Notts County in the last round.”