Mark Hughes is hoping to double his goalscoring tally after finding the back of the net for the third time this season during Saturday’s win over Chesterfield.
Stanley’s centre-back set the Reds on their way to a 4-0 win when he opened the scoring in the 19th minute at the Wham Stadium.
The win sent Stanley up to fourth in League Two and the 31-year-old has called on his teammates to score goals from all over the pitch as they look to continue climbing the table.
“Jimmy Bell is always telling us that we don’t score enough goals from corners,” said Hughes. “We haven’t been scoring enough goals from the back, especially since losing a defender who is as prolific as Matty Pearson.”
“It’s always nice to be able to chip in especially when you win. When you go up there from the back, you don’t just go up to make up the numbers.
“I’ve always tried to be a five or six goal a season man so if I can get that this season then I’ll be happy and it will go a long way to helping towards more wins.
“If you spread the goals around then you put yourself in a much stronger position, scoring goals breads confidence and the first goal’s always massive in this league.”
Hughes capped a well-worked corner routine with a fine touch and finish inside the area that many of his forward teammates would have been proud of.
“The gaffer will take the credit for the corner,” he laughed. “He mentioned something to Billy [Kee] and Sean [McConville] about the corner routine and then we’ve scored from one in a match.
“Kayden [Jackson] did brilliantly to cut it back. I managed to get around to the back post to give myself a little sniff, luckily enough the ball fell to me, I just hit it and thankfully it’s gone in.”