Alex Cisak is hoping he can grab his chance and become Stanley’s regular number one after making his league debut against Hereford on Saturday.
The 21-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Reds in the summer but injuries and the form of fellow stopper Ian Dunbavin has kept him out of the Stanley starting XI.
But the Polish-born Australian stopper, who was released from Leicester in the summer, got his chance in the 1-1 draw with the Bulls and now hopes he has done enough to cement his place in the side.
He said: "I was happy with the way I performed. Obviously we were disappointed with the draw at Hereford as you always want a win but I thought I made a few good saves
"It has been hard for me as I had a groin injury in pre-season which slowed me down and Bavs took his chance.
"You want to be playing but I understand that you have to wait and, when your chance comes, take it and I hope I have done that.
"Most clubs have two keepers battling for a first team place and this is no different.
"Having competition keeps everyone on their toes as Bavs will be doing all he can to win his place back and I will be doing all I can to keep my place and hopefully not make any mistakes."
Cisak hopes he can retain his spot tomorrow against 10th-placed Cheltenham as Stanley look to bounce back after losing their unbeaten home record last time out at the Crown Ground to Rotherham. They are two points behind the Robins. "We will be going all out to get three points against Cheltenham," Cisak said.
"It’s important to win our home games as, at the moment, the league is so close.
"A win can help you climb quite a lot of places while a defeat can see you drop down the table so it’s important we get some wins now.
"It has been good experience for me being here so far. Injuries hampered me at Leicester but now it is good being in and around the first team.
"I played at Doncaster in the Carling Cup and they play at a high level; hopefully I can get a run of first team games under my belt now."
He has been impressed with his new team-mates, despite a run of form which has seen Stanley take just 11 points out of a possible 30, with five draws in 10 league games.
"Jimmy Ryan is obviously a good player but all the lads have done well. We are a good team and play a good, passing game not like some teams in the league who just belt the ball forward and hopefully this will produce some good results for us.
"The manager has changed things around a bit - he has got to do his job and he wants to win and instils it into us."
Cisak has played for Australia’s Under-20s and now hopes to be part of the Under-23 team who qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. He thinks there is a training camp coming up but he won’t risk his place in the Stanley team.
"The Australian manager will understand that, if I am playing first team football, I won’t need to go to the training camp and it depends on Accrington as well.
"I don’t want to let my place go if I am playing regularly here. After that, there are some qualifiers but they are in June."
Reds boss John Coleman praised Cisak for his Bulls show but that does not guarantee him a starting berth in the next game.
The Reds chief said: "I thought Alex did well and made some important saves.
"But I think Bavs is experienced enough to know he can still learn.
"Sometimes stepping back and seeing the situation from our point of view might help him develop himself better as Bavs is a good keeper too."
Captain Andy Procter and defender Jonny Bateson sit out the last of their three game bans while Ray Putterill is out for the second of his two match ban.
All will be available for Tuesday’s trip to table topping Chesterfield and their new £13m b2net Stadium which has a capacity of over 10,000.
Coleman can recall loan defender Kevin Long tomorrow after his one-game suspension but the Burnley man will be battling with Tom Smyth who did well on his league debut at Edgar Street. Midfielder Ryan has shaken off a dead leg.
Meanwhile five-goal top scorer Sean McConville , who was on the bench on Saturday, will be pressing for a recall after scoring three goals in the Reds’ Lancashire Cup win over Bolton at Leyland on Tuesday.
But Chris Turner will soon face a spell on the sidelines after being shown a straight red card in Wednesday’s 3-0 reserves defeat to Oldham. He now faces three games out – but it won’t start immediately.