Kayden Jackson insists that yesterday’s win at Grimsby was Stanley’s first step towards putting right the disappointment of recent weeks.
Jackson scored a stunning individual effort to make it 3-0 and wrap up his sides first win for five matches, a run that led to the Reds dropping down to 9th place in Sky Bet League Two.
But victory at Blundell Park saw Stanley climb back into the play off places and Jackson, who hadn’t scored for 11 games prior to this one, admits that he and his teammates were feeling the pressure.
“It was a massive win,” he said. “We’ve been in the sort of spell that at the start of the season none of us thought we would have got ourselves in.
“We felt that pressure to perform, to be honest I was feeling it a couple of games ago, you try to give your all in every game, Carlisle it wasn’t to be for us but we managed to put that right out there.
“This is the first step towards getting back up to where we think we should be.”
The 23-year-old, who played 20 times on-loan at Grimsby back in the 2016-17 season, gave a muted celebration following his goal, and insists that simple hard work has been the key for him.
“I thought that we were immense from the back and then it built from there,” said Jackson. “That left it to us lot up front to get the goals to win it and thankfully that’s what we did.
“It’s been a frustrating period for myself but I’ve been determined to keep plugging away and working hard for the team, you see a lot of strikers go missing when it isn’t going their way but I tried to make sure that I didn’t do that.
“I’ll keep working hard and try and get a lot more goals for the rest of this season and hopefully that can contribute to us climbing back up the table.”