Padraig Amond said it’s all about being patient and seizing your chance – and he did just that against the league leaders on Saturday.
The seven-goal striker has started the last two games on the bench and was keen to make an impact against Martin Allen’s early pacesetters.
And within seconds of coming on on 69 minutes, he had won a penalty which saw Gills keeper Stuart Nelson sent off and James Beattie grabbed a well-deserved point from the spot for the Reds – although Amond admitted they were gutted it wasn’t all three.
"When you don’t start all you can do is keep working hard," said the Stanley striker.
"You can’t sit and sulk otherwise it will affect your play when you come on and, as a squad, you have to stick together. We believe in the management to look after us and do what’s best for us.
"You want to come on and make an impact and it’s nice when you do. We got a point but we should have got three, that’s the frustrating thing."
Stanley didn’t get a penalty for 18 months until earlier this season – Amond took that one – but Beattie now has two goals in two games, both coming from the spot.
"To be honest, I tried to flick the ball down and take it around the keeper and, when the keeper brought me down, I tried to stay up as the goal was open and I wanted to score," said Amond.
"I wanted to take the penalty but I had just come on, was probably not warmed up enough and I am not going to argue with James Beattie and it was a great penalty.
"James has played at the top level and won’t be worried about taking a penalty for us – he is probably the coollest man to do that. Once we got level though we had enough chances to get three points and we should have won."
Boss Leam Richardson knows he has got plenty of options for his first XI now and his biggest problem is trying to keep everyone in the squad happy.
"You have got to give credit to the likes of Podge," said Richardson. "He has a great attitude and he has been unlucky not to play. But we know what he can do and that’s what he did when he came on.
"You also have to look at Peter Murphy who was on the bench. He deserved to play on Saturday but he is a young lad who has had a lot of games and you do have to rest them and look after them. Peter has been outstanding throughout the season.
"It’s the same for the other lads. I feel for those on the bench and those that are not even in the squad but they know they have got to stick with us.
"Young lads want to be playing all the time but they have to keep together and be ready for when they come into the team.
"At the end of the season, the whole squad is accountable for what we achieve."
And Richardson knows that results like a draw with one-time runaway league leaders Gillingham – whose gap at the top has now been cut to two points – and last week’s victory over Fleetwood could go a long way to the Reds achieving a top-half placing and maybe more.
"We have had positive results against Cheltenham, Southend, Port Vale, Fleetwood and now Gillingham," said Richardson. "The players do believe in themselves, they have no fear and nor should they have."
And Stanley were unlucky not to add Gillingham to their list of victory scalps.
It was always going to be difficult to live up to the last two Gills games at the Crown Ground – which produced 18 goals between them – and the first half was end-to-end without either keeper really being severely tested.
Craig Lindfield’s header was easy for Nelson, Rommy Boco’s volley was caught by the Gills keeper while Beattie fired wide.
At the other end, Stanley stopper Ian Dunbavin kept out Myles Weston’s drive and a blistering strike from Danny Jackman wasn’t far off.
Then three minutes before the interval, Jackman’s looping cross was flicked on by Adam Barrett and Weston managed to turn in the area and finish well from eight yards.
Richardson said he had to get his message across at half-time and Stanley did come out ‘buoyant’ as the Reds boss had asked his players to.
Lee Molyneux was making more of an impact on the left, Boco was creating space, Lindfield was getting into decent position but couldn’t find the finish while captain Luke Joyce was having a go from distance.
But a second goal for Gillingham was always a threat and Toto Nsiala had to block a Chris Whelpdale shot on the line while Rob Atkinson threw himself in front of Matt Fish’s goalbound volley.
Richardson had to do something to mix it up as the Reds weren’t getting any change out of the Gills and within seconds of Amond’s introduction, Stanley were level and Gillingham were down to 10 men.
The game was there for the taking and Stanley piled the pressure on without being able to really test sub keeper Tommy Forecast.
Lindfield was clean through and went for goal with others rushing in but the ball skimmed wide and then Boco hit a stinging 25-yard shot against the foot of the post.
However the one-man deficit didn’t stop the Gills with Lewis Montrose having an effort cleared off the line by Dunbavin’s legs in the dying minutes as both sides went for broke.
Neither could get the winner and it was Gills boss Allen who said at the end it was ‘a good point’ for his side – which showed how highly the Reds are thought of.