There were a couple of Stanley fans shouting for boss John Coleman to make a substitution at half-time – and they wanted winger John Miles off.
Thank goodness that it was the manager who makes the decisions as he kept the wideman on and the 28-year-old rewarded his boss with a rare two goals and a much-needed win over ex-Premier boys Bradford after one point out of nine.
Miles took both goals as though he scores every game – beating the offside trap to get on the end of a neat Bobby Grant through-ball before tucking home the second from a tight angle to make Peter Taylor’s first game in charge of Bradford a miserable one.
But the honest Miles admitted it was about time he found the back of the net in the league for Stanley.
"The last time I scored two goals was against Accrington for Macclesfield and I didn’t really score both of them even though I was credited with it!" said Miles, who signed for Stanley in 2007.
"I know I should score more goals. It is my first league goal since March and I haven’t scored enough so it’s nice to get those that get us back to winning ways.
"We have been disappointed with the last three games, especially Lincoln where we didn’t deserve to lose, but this was a good performance and a good result.
"The gaffer said he had heard someone say take me off at half-time and that he had thought about it!
"But that takes me to three goals for the season – and I only got three last season so hopefully I can add to that. I have only scored six goals in 80 or 90 games for Accrington and it’s not a good ratio but hopefully this will get me going."
Stanley manager Coleman was full of praise for Miles, who does possess the skills to turn a game on its head.
"John could have had a hat-trick. He has got abiltiy and I know people sometimes get frustrated with him because it looks like he is not working hard with the way he runs but he does put a shift in and he does defend quite well and I don’t think he gets enough credit for that.
"He is a clever player and has a lot of ability. He is a trememdous talent and when he is on song he is hard to stop.
"He has played better than that but it is all about winning games and two vital goals have got the points for us."
It wasn’t the best game to watch in the first half despite a crowd of 3,396 – the highest league attendance of the season at the Crown Ground – with Bradford taking up two sides and some even watching from a mound outside the ground.
Chances were few and far between with Stanley being on top with decent passing and movement but Bradford’s two towering defenders Zesh Rehman and Matthew Clarke keeping close to strikers Grant and Michael Symes.
Neither keeper was seriously tested and Stanley were hoping it wasn’t going to be another one of those days, especially with the Bradford fans giving new boss Taylor a warm reception.
But the defence, found wanting at Lincoln in the last ten minutes, were not going to be beaten and stood firm even when the Bantams went four up front at the end.
The only chance that came their way was just after the break when a Simon Ramsden free kick was flicked on and it landed nicely for City’s top scorer James Hanson, who inexplicably guided the ball over from around four yards out.
That was a let-off for the Reds but the second half was all Stanley chances as Miles took his first after racing onto a ball, beating the off-side trap and firing past Matt Glennon.
He had another good effort parried away by the Bantams keeper and then fired off-target in a good position.
Jimmy Ryan also had a chance which he flicked over before, with four minutes left, Symes played a superb ball across the box, it came to Miles at the far post and he did well to squeeze the ball home from what seemed an impossible angle
In the last clash with Bradford at the Crown Ground, the Reds led 2-0 and the visitors came back to win in injury-time.
There was no chance this time and Coleman admitted: "We didn’t want to sit on a one-goal lead and I did feel a lot easier when it got to two-nil."
While Taylor was left frustated he was quick to point out that Accrington earned the win: "Accrington are a very good team and do not get the credit they deserve."