Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander praised striker Jon Parkin after his hat-trick downed Accrington 3-0 and got the club's promotion push back on track.

After five games without a win, Alexander hopes the three points will kickstart Town's season as they look to seal a top-seven spot.

"We deserved the win and we were on the front foot all game," said Alexander, whose side have moved up to eighth in the League Two table, five points off the promotion spots.

"We scored three great goals, they were great finishes by Jon and really good balls in for him.

"When Parky is fit he is a formidable opponent and you cannot take the hat-trick away from him but David Ball was full of running too.

"We know we can score goals, even though it has been a problem in the last few games, and we didn't look like conceding.

"The lads are slowly gaining their confidence back. We are getting close to the end of the season, the games are running out and we know we have to start winning games and we have some big matches coming up.

"We have to pick up points as we go along. We hadn't won in five games and it does affect you but the lads took the game to Accrington and got a very good win."

Stanley boss Leam Richardson was disappointed as his side hit the bottom of the League Two table with defeat but still believes he can turn it around.

Richardson said: "We must take the blame as a group and individuals as it was lacklustre and it wasn't good enough. We came into the game buoyant and believing we could win but the first goal killed us."