Newcastle boss Chris Hughton admitted his relief after watching the Premier League side edge past Stanley in the Carling Cup.
Hughton said he was delighted to survive the potential banana skin after John Coleman’s men pushed the Magpies all the way in front of the Sky cameras.
The Toon boss said before the game he had faith in the players he’d chosen, even though they were not his starting Premier League XI and they came through for him – just.
And Hughton paid tribute to the Stanley fans who created a fantastic atmosphere at the Crown Ground, something he said he hoped his young players would savour.
"We’ve come to a famous place here and you know that Accrington are going to be competitive," said Hughton.
"You know that they desperately want to win here and you could see that with the atmosphere. It was nice for these lads to be involved in that type of atmosphere, where they knew it meant so much.
"There’s a little bit of relief. It’s a nice feeling to be going through to the next round."
Hughton revealed he’d told his players just how tough a test to expect before the second-round tie, and he wasn’t disappointed as Newcastle struggled to put the game beyond Stanley, despite a host of chances.
"Accrington scored the goal right on half-time and normally that’s the team that comes out in the ascendancy in the second half and we’ve seen it time and time again, he added.
"Over 90 minutes we created the better chances and we could have made it more comfortable for ourselves. The last goal for them probably flatters them a little bit but it made it a nervy ending.
"It was an enjoyable game. It was a good test, but that’s no different to how I thought it was going to be.
"They’re used to the surface and the atmosphere here. We certainly didn’t expect to come here and have a comfortable game or win by a comfortable scoreline."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tim Krul said he was delighted with his performance after producing a stunning display to keep out Accrington.
The Dutch keeper – Steve Harper’s understudy at St James’s Park – denied Ray Putterill, Phil Edwards and Jimmy Ryan in a frantic second-half to ensure Stanley didn’t upset the odds at the Crown Ground.
And 22-year-old admitted he was disappointed to concede two goals but he believes his performance will only boost his claims to the Magpies’ number one shirt.
"I was really busy. We expected a fight and they definitely gave us one.
"It was nice to make the saves in the second half because in the first half, I didn’t have much to do and I was little bit disappointed with the goal just before half-time.
"We scored some good goals and it was a great night in the end. We came here to make sure we followed up the good result against Aston Villa on Sunday, and we did that with a team of young players. I have to keep working hard in these kinds of games and take my opportunities.
"It was nice to play my part in the game."