Darlington manager Dave Penney thought his side were unlucky to return from a rain-soaked Fraser Eagle Stadium pointless after their 1-0 defeat to Accrington.

Jimmy Ryan's 22nd-minute free-kick proved enough for the home side to take all three points, but Penney believes the result could easily have been different were it not for Stanley keeper Kenny Arthur's heroics.

"It hurts to lose whether you are in the play-offs, in administration or in mid-table and I am disappointed as I felt we deserved something out of the game for our second half performance," Penney said.

"Their keeper has pulled off two superb saves off Purds (Rob Purdie) and if one of those goes in we at least get a draw and maybe win it.

"We couldn't do a lot about their goal from a free-kick as the kid has hit it well although I didn't think it was a free-kick.

"And maybe they should have been down to 10 men as their lad has raised his arms in the second half.

"We did liven up after the break but their keeper has done really well. It is a disappointing result."

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