Seamus Conneely has urged his fellow midfielders to help share the goalscoring burden after opening his account for the season with the winner at Forest Green on Saturday.
Conneely struck in the 61st minute to break the deadlock at the New Lawn, it turned out to be the only goal as the Reds battled to a hard-earned three points to remain 3rd in League Two.
“I was delighted to get on the scoresheet and score what turned out to be the winning goal,” he said. “I’ve been trying to shoot more this year, the lads are always on at me to have more efforts from outside the box when it falls to me.
“The gaffer did say that I would score so that was in the back of my mind when it fell to me and I just thought try and make good contact with it. I managed to make decent contact, sliced it a fraction but that actually took it away from the keeper and I was glad to see it come off the post and in.
“There’s so much onus in this team on Billy [Kee], Kayden [Jackson] and Jonny [Edwards] scoring the goals but it’s important for everyone to chip in, especially midfielders and that’s something that me and Liam [Nolan] are well aware of and the wide lads Sean [McConville] and Jordan [Clark] are too.
“You can’t allow your strikers to bare all the weight of scoring goals, if we want to be successful we need goals coming from all areas of the team and it’s nice that I’ve managed to chip in with that.”
Shortly before taking the lead Stanley switched to a 4-3-3 formation with Scott Brown replacing Jonny Edwards as John Coleman matched up their opponents. Conneely has praised the impact that the 32-year-old made on the game.
“We were bold and made the change after 55 minutes,” said the Irish-man. “Scotty came on and that made a big difference having three in the middle of the park.
“We had found it difficult in the first half, Forest Green bossed the game and we managed to survive and were very happy to get in 0-0 at half-time.
“But we managed to take the lead and from that point I thought we took control and saw the game out really well, restricted them to long shots on goal.”
The win saw the Reds strengthen their position in 3rd place while a defeat for top of the table Notts County saw the gap close to just two points, but Conneely hopes that sides keep on writing Stanley off.
“I hope that people continue to not take us seriously,” he added. “That will play into our hands just fine, we believe we’re contenders and we know what we can do.”