Goal hero Mallik Wilks hopes his late equaliser against Newport will inspire him to kick on this season.
The Leeds United loan striker had scored three Stanley goals by mid-September but hasn’t been able to secure a regular starting place.
He was left out of the squad altogether last week at Cambridge but bounced back, coming off the bench to score a vital 88th minute equaliser against the Exiles yesterday.
“I am happy we didn’t lose and glad to be back among the goals, now I hope I am back,” said the 18-year-old.
“This takes me to four goals for the season and hopefully it means I am knocking on the manager’s doors.
“I was confident when I came on, I haven’t played regularly and I wasn’t in the squad against Cambridge, but I knew I had a point to prove.
“When the ball came to me in the area, I just smashed it and it was a nice feeling when it went into the back of the net.
“It was important to score for the team as we had to make sure we didn’t lose and it keeps us in the promotion fight.”
Wilks, on loan until January, admits he has learnt a lot in his few months at Stanley.
“You realise how important every point is, how important winning is. When you play in the Under 23s it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play.
“When you play in League Two, every point in vital. When you come on in the last 10 minutes and you are 1-0 down, you know you have to do everything to score.
“Being a sub is hard as, when you come on, you have to get straight into the tempo of the game but I was happy to get back among the goals.
“I am here until January and now I hope to get more games and get into double digits.”