PHIL Doughty is hoping he can help Stanley to some elusive clean sheets after signing on a month’s loan.
The 21-year-old made his Reds’ debut against Darlington in the 1-0 defeat on Tuesday but the Blackpool man now wants to make sure he helps Accrington shut-up shop.
Stanley have only kept four clean sheets all season and their last one was 12 games ago.
"If we do not concede, first and foremost, then we always stand a chance and that’s what we are aiming to do," said the centre half, who lives in Blackpool.
"I was pleased with the move to Accrington because they are a good club, it has a lot of history and the manager has been here a long time.
"It also has a good structure and I am hoping I can do well to extend my loan until the end of the season.
"I know Accrington have been conceding goals but you accept pressure like that. I have come here to do a job and I want to do well."
Doughty was Blackpool’s youngest ever player in the FA Cup coming off the bench aged just 16 against Torquay.
He was highly-rated coming through the ranks by both managers Steve McMahon and Colin Hendry but a bad injury in a reserve match set him back.
"I broke both my tibia and fibula on my right leg and spent the best part of 18 months out.
"I came back last March and went on loan to Barrow.
"Then this season I played six games at Macclesfield. They offered me a permanent contract but I wasn’t sure and then Accrington came in for me and I jumped at the chance.
"We did well against Darlington but conceded early but I think, from what I have seen, there are some good players at the club."
Most Stanley fans will get their first chance to see Doughty at home to Wycombe tomorrow.
"As a player, you always look forward to playing at home. I was meant to make my home debut against Brentford but it was called off.
"Now I am hoping I can put on a good performance for the fans and impress the manager so he will give me a longer contract. I feel I can cope well in League Two.
"I have seen Wycombe play and there are a good team but so are we and I know we can give them a good game."