Stanley boss John Coleman isn't getting carried away after his side's much-needed win against Port Vale.

Stanley took the lead through a 31st-minute own goal from Vale keeper Jack Stevens and Harvey Rodgers made it 2-0 before the break following good work by Ethan Hamilton.

The Reds wrapped up the points in the 68th minute when on-loan Brentford striker Aaron Pressley slotted home from the penalty spot after Shaun Whalley was tripped in the area by Funso Ojo, who was sent off in stoppage time to complete a miserable day for Vale.

Despite claiming their biggest league win of the season, Stanley remain in the bottom four – one point behind Oxford and safety – and Coleman knows there is still plenty of work to do.

He said: “It’s a little step and we have got seven more game to go and we have got to make big steps in those games.

“We have done nothing, we are still in bottom fou. We got to keep going and keep believing in ourselves and there were some big performances out here.

“I thought the lads worked really hard. We played on front foot, that’s the way we should play.

“It was even in first half, luck plays a big part in football and we got that luck today with the goal, the keeper dropping the ball.

“You could feel a sigh of relief around the ground. Then there was determination from Ethan to never give up and keep the ball in play and it was a great finish by Harvey. The penalty settled the nerves.”

Coleman's men are back in action on Monday, April 10 when they head to Hillsborough to take on promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday (3pm).