John Doolan says his Stanley side had to “dig in” during their goalless draw against Crewe at he Wham Stadium.

The point saw the Reds ensure they will be playing League Two football next season after a turbulent spell.

“I am so pleased with the way the lads defended. As a back five, their decision-making was really good,” said Doolan.

“We are two sides who like to get the ball down and pass it but the wind was swirling and it made it difficult for both sides. The wind has a massive impact on the game.

“I thought we asked a few questions ourselves and we had some good performances. Tommy Leigh worked his socks off as our target man.

“We had to dig in. Everyone put a shift in and I’m really pleased defensively.

“We haven’t as yet won at home since I took charge but if we show the same desire, spirit and togetherness to defend and keep a clean sheet, hopefully we can do it in our final home game.

“We have four away games on the spin now. It is a testing time but it gives me time to try a few things and give lads a chance.”