Alex Cisak admitted he has had to be patient and wait for the Stanley number one spot – but now he is hoping he can retain his place and play a big part in their promotion-chase.
The 21-year-old was named the man-of-the-match on Saturday for a string of saves which kept out a strong Torquay side who ran the show in the first half.
He and Ian Dunbavin had been battling during the season for the goalkeeper’s jersey with Dunbavin getting the nod in the majority of games.
However, after a chance earlier in the season which he did not take, Cisak is hoping he can now keep hold of the jersey, especially as the Reds are on a three-game winning run, something they last did 12 months ago.
"It was good to get the man-of-the-match," said the Australian, after the Reds’ first clean sheet in nine games.
"I wish when I got my chance earlier in the season, I could have stayed in goal for longer but it wasn’t to be but now I have a chance to influence things and hopefully I can stay in goal.
"We have got three wins on the bounce now and hopefully we can keep keeping clean sheets and also carry on winning.
"Previous to the three games we were playing well but not picking up points as individual mistakes were costing us but now we seem to have cut out the mistakes and are more solid and hopefully it will continue.
"We didn’t play very well in the first half on Saturday but the wind didn’t help.
"We were lucky to be 0-0 at half-time but, after the break we improved and I felt deserved the win.
"We definitely believe we can keep getting the wins and make the play-offs."
Although the hat-trick of victories hasn’t moved the Reds up in terms of places so much, the nine points has meant they have kept pace with the teams in the top 10 in a tight league.
Torquay were one of the top 10 sides and on a good run and their manager Paul Buckle was quick to point out that his side could have been out of sight by half-time but for Cisak who kept out the lively Jake Robinson when he was clean through and also stopped a point-blank header from defender Mark Ellis.
"We could have been 3-0 up at half-time," admitted Buckle whose side were on a five-match unbeaten streak.
"We looked dangerous when it was 11 v 11 and Accrington didn’t have an answer to us. The sending off was the turning point."
That came on the stroke of half-time when the Reds had hardly carved out a chance while the Gulls, with ex-Red Billy Kee in their side, had bossed proceedings.
Then a long ball over the top caught defender Ellis on the wrong side of Terry Gornell.¿He clipped the striker, who would have had a free run on goal and referee Mike Russell had little choice but to show a red card.
Buckle called it a ‘tangle of legs’ but he did catch Gornell and the rules say the defender had to go.
Torquay then faced an uphill task and, with the wind in Stanley’s favour, the Reds were definitely hot favourites after the break.
But a combination of goalkeeper Danny Potter and Torquay throwing their bodies in front of everything meant it looked like it was to be a repeat of the 0-0 at Plainmoor earlier in the season.
That was until Joe Jacobson threw the ball to Ian Craney 12 minutes from time and he carved something out of nothing.
He let the ball run across his body, turned and hit it from 20 yards and there was never a doubt it wasn’t going to find the back of the net.
That’s why manager John Coleman brought the midfielder back to the Crown Ground for a third spell and he has been instrumental in the last two wins as he took his goal tally to two in two games.
"It was a great goal, a fantastic goal," enthused Coleman. "The conditions were difficult, the wind made it hard and the pitch.
"Torquay defended well, played well, they were the better team in the first half and we were lucky to be coming in goalless.
"Alex has made two smashing saves in the first half which is testament as to how they took the game to us.
"They were unfortunate with the sending off but those were the rules. Once Terry has got goal side of him he is clean through.
"Then they defended well and you wouldn’t have known they had 10 men and they are one of the best teams who have come here.
"I couldn’t complain if we had drawn the game as they were value for at least a point and I think it was harsh on Torquay losing the game."
But Stanley have had that feeling, like Torquay, of losing games when their play deserved more.
And Coleman will take wins any which way they come.
He continued: "To win was great for us with a great goal from Ian Craney – he has that in his locker.
"We have played better though and lost but Torquay will be up there at the end of the season so to beat them is very pleasing.
"There is still a long way to go, but that’s three wins out of the target of 10 I have set the players and hopefully we can get them as quickly as possible."