Seamus Conneely says his midfield partnership with Matt Crooks is thriving.

151115-conneely-crooks-newportThe two were brought together this season and have become a regular pairing in the centre of the park as Stanley have established themselves in the promotion picture.

Conneely was disappointed that the Reds only chalked up a 2-2 draw at home to Newport County on Saturday in slippery conditions but believes there is plenty more to come from the side.

Conneely and Crooks combined for the 77th minute second equaliser after the Irishman hit the woodwork with a 25 yard blast and Crooks followed up to slot home his seventh of the campaign.

“I hit it sweetly and I did think it had gone in,” said Conneely, who signed for Stanley after his release from Sligo in January.

“If I had scored it would have been my best goal ever but it hit the post. Thankfully Crooksy was there to score – it wasn’t a tap-in, he did well to put the ball in the net and he made it look so easy.

“Crooksy  has been excellent for us this season and has covered every blade of grass. He has really impressed me and it’s a pleasure to play alongside him. He makes my job easy in midfield as he does all the running and allows me to keep it simple and just pass to him!”

Conneely was disappointed the Reds didn’t win on Saturday to put them in the automatic promotion places but knew the conditions didn’t help.

“No disrespect to Newport, but it was a leveller and the game probably shouldn’t have gone ahead. It was difficult and we couldn’t pass the ball as we like to.

“Saying that we played well in the first half and Piero (Mingoia) and Sean (McConville)  both had chances and if we had scored them I think we could have been out of sight by half-time.

“We lost our way a bit in the second half but, come the end of the season, that point could be important.”