Gillingham boss Martin Allen was happy with a 1-1 draw at Accrington - despite his side's lead at the top of the League Two table being cut to two points.

Myles Weston had given the Gills a 42nd-minute lead but Padraig Amond was caught by goalkeeper Stuart Nelson seconds after coming on as a second-half substitute, Nelson saw red and sub 'keeper Tommy Forecast's first job a minute later was to pick James Beattie's spot-kick out of his net.

"The result was a great result away from home," said Gillingham boss Allen, who will now be without Nelson for the Gills' FA Cup clash at Preston next weekend. "The team gave everything, it was difficult in wet and windy conditions.

"We restricted the opposition, I am not sure about the sending-off as I was too far away but, with 10 men, we were still pushing at the end.

"It's a hard place to come, I have come here a few times with other teams and been spanked and it's been horrendous but we showed commitment and we have competed well.

"I thought for 70 minutes we were in control and they had possession but didn't get near our goal. Then they had a mad 10 minutes but we regrouped and near the end, even with 10 men, we looked like scoring but it's a hard place to come so we take a point."

Stanley boss Leam Richardson was left with mixed emotions after the draw.

"In one aspect it's a point gained against the league leaders and them having a half-time lead but, with how we played in the second half, you could say it was two points dropped," he said.

"In the first half both teams cancelled each other out and we were disappointed to concede like we did as we had worked hard on stopping Gillingham playing like we know they can.

"We improved after the break, we had a good talk at half-time and the lads came out buoyant and every single player gave 100%. You can obviously take confidence by pushing the top-of-the-league team so close and James Beattie has played at a high level, so we have every confidence with him on penalties."