JOHN Coleman doesn't mind if his side are no longer the great entertainers as long as they keep getting the wins that will guarantee League Two football next season.
In their Conference winning season, the free-flowing Reds scored in almost every game. And, in their first Football League campaign, there wasn't a goalless draw in sight as the Reds had one of the best goalscoring records - but also the worst defensive records which meant matches were never dull.
But now Coleman just wants them to win even if the game isn't always pleasing on the eye - as it wasn't against Rotherham on Saturday.
"It is said we are in the entertainment business when trying to get people through the gates but just what matters at the moment is the three points," said the Reds'chief.
"In the old saying, if you want entertainment go to the circus or the pictures but I think our own fans are entertained enough by us winning."
Stanley have suffered in numerous games for failing to take their chances this season - but this time they dished out that punishment. The Reds had one real chance against the Millers and took it - an Ian Craney wonder goal giving Accrington three valuable points on Saturday.
The Millers did have greater possession and were more creative around the box but a mixture of their own wastefulness and Stanley's solid defence meant that the Reds chalked up their second successive 1-0 win. And, while not mathematically safe in League Two, the victory went along way to making sure the Reds will spend a third season in the Football League.
Craney's goal lit up Millmoor after a dour game. It was a neat breakaway which started with a Phil Edwards clearance to Craney. He fed Andy Mangan who found Paul Mullin and he set up the midfielder for a 25-yard stunner with his left foot on 64 minutes which was the one piece of real quality in the match.
"I think that goal would deserve to win any game," said delighted boss Coleman, who saw his team - with the worst defensive record in the league - also keep a second clean sheet on the trot.
"It was a smashing goal. We were screaming to try and make a sub at the time and so perhaps we got that little bit of luck. The game was dying on its feet and neither side were creating many chances.
"We know we can play better than that but our game plan was to stay in the game as long as we can and pick them off on the break and that's what happened."
While Craney will get the praise it was Coleman's new look back line that had the most work to do. Darran Kempson, signed for a second loan spell with the Reds from Shrewsbury, had only joined up on Friday but he handled the game well as he was thrown into the deep end with the Millers' three-pronged attack.
Sean Webb was unfortunate to miss out after doing so well against Brentford in the last game while Mark Roberts partnered Kempson and, together with Phil Edwards and Aswad Thomas, they dealt with everything that was thrown at them.
In fact the only real danger keeper Kenny Arthur faced was in the first half when he was almost caught out by a back header from his team-mate Roberts which he had to one-handedly push away.
The Millers are challenging for a play-off spot but struggled up front with their strikeforce of Derek Holmes, Chris O'Grady and Ryan Taylor getting into good positions but squandering chances or being shrugged off the ball as Stanley got revenge for the 1-0 loss they suffered to Rotherham at the FES.
"I told the lads before the game that they had to go out expecting to win and not just hoping to win," added Coleman. "We worked hard, defended well and had to dig in again. Darran has not played for a couple of weeks but he came in and did well and got better as the game went on.
"It is not like us to get 1-0 wins. We have been in those positions too many times before and have thrown it away but we seem to have found a new found steel among us.
"But I am not getting carried away. We got back to back wins over Christmas and everyone was predicting big things and we hit a brick wall. Now we have got to take every game on its merit and not let our standards slip."
Promotion-chasers Rotherham were the favourites to win Saturday's game despite a run of form which has seen them win one out of seven games. And they had some luck in the 12th minute when left back Joe Widdowson, on loan from Chelsea, made a late, rash challenge on Leam Richardson. He didn't get near the ball and the right winger went down screaming clutching his ankle.
Most people in the press box were waiting for a red for Widdowson on his senior debut but, luckily for him, the referee Steve Cook only showed a yellow with Jay Harris suffering the same punishment for pushing the Chelsea man after the foul. It made for a heated start with Phil Edwards and O'Grady also involved in a bit of a scuffle and it did threaten to spill over but it did then all settle down.
Millers striker Taylor should have done better on 28 minutes when he burst forward but Arthur came out and got a hand to the ball doing enough to put him off and force him out wide, making it too tight an angle to shoot into the empty net. Then Taylor fired wide of the goal in a good position before a move was ended with Roberts heading back to Arthur with the keeper having to be alert to stop an own goal.
Rotherham, despite building up well, just could not seriously test the Reds' stopper and the home fans were getting increasingly frustrated at the chances spurned by half-time.
But it was what the Reds needed as they continued to thwart Rotherham after the break with Harris a constant threat on the left hand side, Mangan breaking quickly and Richardson, more used to defending, causing problems in the right wing role and looking like he had played there all his football life.
Then, against the run of play, came the wonder goal which was a quick fire move finished off superbly by record signing Craney into the top corner of the net in the 64th minute.
Coleman admitted he was stunned when some of his fans walked out during a match before the final whistle at the FES a few games ago but some of the Millers supporters left even earlier, soon after Stanley scored as their team had failed to seriously trouble the Reds. And, to be fair, they didn't miss much as both sides didn't conjure up a real opportunity after that despite the Millers passing the ball around in the Reds' half but they lacked the final ball.
And that left their boss Mark Robins fuming: "The second half performance was embarrassing. It was shocking. We huffed and we puffed but we let them dominate us up front. Our passing was terrible and when we had chances to score we put them wide. The only bit of quality in the game was their goal.
"At the end of the day, we have to be putting teams like Accrington away."
But Coleman hopes to upset a few more managers with the 'ugly' approach - and 11 more results like that will do nicely.