IT IS one for the dubious goals panel - but Ian Craney insists it is unnecessary.
The midfielder hit a shot from the left and it skidded past Roscoe Dsane in the area while Morecambe defender Richard Cresswell stuck out his leg and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
The goal has been given to the hapless Shrimps man but Craney insists his ‘goals for’ tally should now read two for the Reds and he is the scoring hero who saw off local rivals Morecambe on Tuesday night.
“It was definitely my goal,” said the on-loan midfielder. “I can’t believe it is even being questioned.”
Craney seems to relish his trips to Christie Park having scored on his last two visits there and his manager John Coleman confirmed that he thinks the on-loan Swansea man should be celebrating a hat-trick.
“It was going in, it wasn’t going wide so I don’t think there is a debate,” said the Reds chief.
And this controversial goal proved to be the all-important one.
It isn’t often you see a Stanley 1-0 win - the last one was the crucial narrow victory over then bottom club Torquay in March which went a long way to securing the Reds’ survival in League Two.
But for local pride this win was just as important as the two sides clashed for the first time ever in the league after years of non-league rivalry.
The game had been widely anticipated since the fixtures came out in June and the Reds fans certainly enjoyed it as Stanley’s solid away form - they are unbeaten in four - continued.
“I suppose you do enjoy it more because it is a local derby, there is a great atmosphere and the lads have put in a big performance, which was demanded after Saturday’s loss to Notts County,” said assistant boss Jimmy Bell.
“And we have found it hard to keep clean sheets but we held on and the players took the mickey out of the manager in the dressing room as he said he didn’t think the side had one in them.
“But we have stood tall when it counted and been resolute - something we have demanded from the players and all credit to the lads. It was a big win for us.”
Games against Morecambe are always feisty and rarely pass without incident.
And this clash was action-packed as the game went from end to end with both sides giving their all in pursuit of three points - and the Lancashire bragging rights.
It was lively from the off, with the Reds reverting to the 3-5-2 formation, and defender Robbie Williams had a header tipped over by former Blackburn keeper Steven Drench as early as the second minute.
Craney has a song about his "cracker at Morecambe Bay" after he scored a 25-yard wonder goal in August 2005 and he did try to do it again early on - but this time it was way off target.
Instead it was Mark Roberts who almost broke the deadlock on 12 minutes when, after a one-two with Paul Mullin in the area from a corner, he smashed the ball goalwards - but it hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced out to the despair of the travelling fans.
But one minute later the ball ended up in the net thanks to Craney. It wasn’t quite the spectacular goal he was aiming for but Bell said he didn’t care how it was scored.
"They are all special when they are the winning goal, no matter how they go in," he said.
The game was held up while Stanley keeper Ian Dunbavin and the stewards cleared the streamers thrown from the home fans who were trying to add colour to the occasion.
But there was enough entertainment on the pitch and, in such an open game, no one could have predicted that that one goal would settle it.
Dunbavin stood firm to keep out a pinpoint Matty Blinkhorn header on 20 minutes while the bustling Wayne Curtis got the better of Graham Branch on the right wing and the Reds keeper had to push his effort around the post.
From the resulting corner, Shrimps skipper Jim Bentley missed a golden opportunity with the goal gaping. The ball came out to him from a half-cleared corner but he belted it wide when he should have done better.
It was certainly full-bloodied and the Reds counter-attacked well with Jay Harris enjoying the space he was allowed in midfield, sending Roscoe Dsane through on a couple of occasions but the Morecambe defence were able to foil him.
The home side were riding their luck at the back when another Roberts effort from a corner was bundled out by the defence while Andy Procter did all the hard work when he raced into the area but passed rather than shot and the opportunity went.
In between, there was a tight off-side decision when Garry Thompson netted for Morecambe and Branch was lucky to escape punishment when he brought down Carl Baker in the area.
Towards the end of the first half, though, was some of the best possession play seen from Stanley as Morecambe were chasing shadows trying to get the ball off them.
The second half, however, was a different story. Within minutes, Dunbavin had kept out a Thompson rocket and Curtis’ fierce strike was blocked by the body of Reds captain Peter Cavanagh.
Baker’s free kick was then tipped over by Dunbavin, while there were big appeals by the Morecambe fans for handball from Cavanagh after Thompson’s ball in. Premiership referee Mark Halsey, however, was in complete control of the game and was having none of it.
Dunbavin touched over a Thompson corner as the Shrimps hunted for the equaliser and Bentley’s header was easy for the shot-stopper.
The Reds were still dangerous on the break and there were a couple of penalty appeals from the visiting fans as Dsane was bundled over in the area.
But one of the big moments of the game came 14 minutes from time when Dunbavin was beaten by Curtis but this time Harris launched himself at the ball to clear a certain goal off the line with his head.
Shrimps boss Sammy McIlroy made three substitutions before the end with Cresswell trying to make amends, heading just wide and he fired over in the dying minutes.
But sub Lee McEvilly, on in a left back role, almost made it safe for the Reds with a header which was just over the bar in a lively ending to what had been a pulstating derby clash.
"These type of games are not good for our health but it means we are still up there battling away," added assistant boss Bell,
"We now have to try and put three or four wins together now and stop this win one-lose one run If we can do that we will be right in there."