James Gray welcomes competition between Accrington strikers

Accrington Stanley striker James Gray

James Gray believes the competition between the strikers will benefit Accrington in League Two this season.

Gray marked his Football League debut with a goal in the 2-0 win against Port Vale at the Crown Ground on Tuesday.

It means all three main strikers - Gray, Padraig Amond and Karl Sheppard - have found the net already in 2012-13.

"It's good that our centre-forwards are scoring," Gray told BBC Radio Lancashire. "I'm supporting Padraig and Shep and I hope they keep scoring."

Stanley, unfancied by many before the season started, are one of only three teams to have won their first two League Two matches of the campaign.

Reading loanee Sheppard's goal was on Saturday, while Amond and substitute Gray scored against the Valiants.

The former Darlington frontman continued: "I was sat on the bench thinking 'come on gaffer, bring me on'. I got the nod and then did what I've been thinking about since the day I signed.

"Leam Richardson (Accrington's assistant manager) always tells us to visualise coming on and doing something good.

"I didn't get on against Carlisle or Southend, but I got on [against Vale] and scored, so now I'm absolutely buzzing."

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