After missing out on promotion with Shrewsbury in a similar fashion to Accrington, new signing Kevin McIntyre wants to make sure there is no more play-off misery.
The 33-year-old has signed a one year contract with the Reds after being part of the Shrews team who have been so close but never quite made it into League One via the play-offs, with a loss in the final to Gillingham in 2009 and a surprise defeat to Torquay last season.
The Shrews had finished fourth and Stanley fifth but both didn’t reach the Old Trafford showpiece.
He admitted: "I watched Accrington’s first play-off game at Stevenage last season and it was a bit like the Shrewsbury performance against Torquay. They just didn’t turn up, the same as with Shrewsbury.
"My first aim is to get in the team first and foremost. Then it’s about pushing on and I can see no reason why we can’t go one better than last season."
After a troubled season at Shrewsbury where first-team football was hard to come by, the midfielder knew it was time to move on.
A former team-mate of Sean Hessey at Macclesfield, McIntyre should have no problems settling in. A prolific penalty taker, the new man will more than likely be given the honours to take over after the departure of Phil Edwards to Stevenage.
"Of course, it was difficult to leave Shrewsbury as it’s a great club but in the back of my mind I knew I needed a fresh start and I wanted to be playing.
"I need to be playing so hopefully I’ll get my chances here and get some appearances under my belt and give the manager different options.
"As you get older you know your career is not going to last forever and so you feel you’re missing out if you’re not playing."
McIntyre is a versatile left-sided player who can play in defence or midfield.
Since signing, the left-footer has been impressed with what he has seen and is happy to be a part of the passing philosophy that the team adopt.
"From playing against Accrington in the past I know they love to pass the ball and I think there’s nothing better than coming to watch a team who pass the ball rather than just hoof it early.
"That’s one of the things that I like about the club and I’d like to think I can pass the ball so hopefully the two will go together well."
With a number of exits from the Crown Ground manager John Coleman was happy to bolster his squad with the signing of McIntyre, who brings experience to the squad.
"He’s experienced, he’s been there and done it and is a good footballer. He’s a great worker and fits the bill of the kind of characters we want in the team."
The move of Joe Jacobson to Shrewsbury freed up the opportunity for McIntyre to make his way to Stanley.
And he revealed the importance of Coleman and Jimmy Bell in their role of bringing him to the club.
"I got a phone call from Jimmy Bell seeing what my situation was and, once I knew Accrington were interested, I was looking forward to coming down and speaking to the club.
"John and Jimmy are a massive attraction to come here. The amount of players that have moved on to bigger and better things is a credit to them.
"They’re bringing players through and bringing them on and I don’t care what anyone says, I think you can always learn no matter how old you are and hopefully they’ll help me as much as I can help them."
McIntyre is keen for first-team football and hopes to establish himself in the side as soon as possible.
"I didn’t feature as much as I would’ve liked to last season and I felt that I needed to get a fresh start.
"Accrington is my new club now and I’m looking forward to the season getting under way and putting in good performances for the club.
"As much as your young players are key, a bit of experience is always good to have as well.
"I’m a 100 per center. I’ll go out in every game and try my best and hopefully that’ll be good enough."