Shay McCartan says Saturday’s win is down to his team-mates – despite the frontman scoring the winning goal.

Stanley chalked up a valuable 1-0 win over Barnet to give themselves some breathing space from the bottom two and extend their unbeaten run to five games.

McCartan fired home his third goal in five games with a 54th minute free kick as the Reds moved six points clear of the relegation places.

But it also needed some valuable goalline clearances from Mark Hughes and Matty Pearson as well as some saves from goalkeeper Marek Rodak to keep out the Bees who had scored in every away game this season up until Saturday.

“It was a scrappy game and it was one of those where it was just a battle,” said the 22-year-old. “I don’t think I played well but I was the one who scored and will get the credit but it was down to the defenders to clear a few off the line and keeper Marek Rodak made some good saves.

“The boys at the back were magnificent and the win was down to them really.

“When we get a free kick, I am always confident. I score them in training and practise every day so it’s not a fluke.

“I am hitting a bit of form in terms of goalscoring and we are unbeaten at home in 2017 so it’s important we keep this run going.

“With Newport losing at Orient, that’s helped us and we need to get as many points as possible.

“Every point is vital and when you look back, the point at Doncaster was a good point, we are disappointed we didn’t get more out of Mansfield and Wycombe but we aren’t losing and that’s the important thing.”

McCartan raced straight over to the bench when he scored to dedicate the goal to his former team-mate Dean Winnard whose brother Mark died in an accident this week.

McCartan, who was with former Stanley captain Winnard at the Wham Stadium for three years, held up a shirt which had ‘RIP Mark Winnard’ on it.

“It was everyone’s idea. The gaffer told me last Tuesday, when the accident happened, about it.

“Dean’s a big part of Accrington he has been a good servant, he was at the club for six years, and it’s a horrible loss for him.

“All the lads are thinking about him and that’s the high regard we hold him in by showing the jersey.

“It’s horrible loss for Dean and his family, he is a great lad and it shows the togetherness of the squad and what we think of Dean.”