Stanley moved out of the bottom four thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over 10-man Forest Green Rovers.

Duncan Ferguson's side had led but after they went down to 10 men just before the break, their afternoon unravelled.

Forest Green started well and Stanley keeper Lukas Jensen pulled off two superb saves to keep out Corey O’Keeffe and Myles Peart-Harris before they took the lead on 22 minutes.

From a counter-attack, O’Keeffe charged forward, he passed to Brentford loan midfielder Peart-Harris who slid the ball under the body of Jensen for his sixth goal of the season.

Forest Green were down to 10 men on 43 minutes when Oliver Casey saw red for a high challenge on Nathan Butler-Oyedeji. From the resulting Sean McConville free-kick, Brentford loan striker Aaron Pressley headed home on 44 minutes.

Stanley made their man advantage count on 64 minutes when Rosaire Longelo got the ball to the right of the area and fired low into the far corner of the net.

John Coleman said: “It’s all about the three points. I feel sorry for Forest Green as they came and played some really good football.

“I have been here long enough to know when you are at the bottom things don’t go for you and they had the double whammy of the sending off and then we scored from the free-kick – it’s difficult to recover from that.

“We scored the second and then managed the game well.

“We can’t get carried away, this is just another step forward but it was important to win. What we don’t want is to be coming off the pitch and the first thing we do is go on our phone for other results. It’s in our hands and we have to keep it in our own hands.

“It’s a confidence thing to be out of the bottom four and we have to fight for every point available. We feel we need at least another 16 points in the 14 games left.”