Accrington Stanley urged to take cup form into league
JAMES Beattie has urged his Accrington Stanley side to keep up their good cup work in the league.
The Reds are eager for a lift in League Two, after earning only a point from their opening four games.
They sit bottom going into tomorrow’s home game with ambitious Burton Albion.
But after beating Championship Middlesbrough away in the first round of the League Cup and staving off Premier League Cardiff City for all bar two minutes in the second on Wednesday, Beattie is full of belief that his players are on the verge of turning a corner in their league programme.
“The lads were disappointed but I told them there’s no shame in the performance at all,” said the Reds boss.
“I thought it was a very good performance, all the units were working a lot better, the shape was good, the discipline was good, they can hold their heads high.”
Stanley were undone by two goals in two second-half minutes, but Beattie was encouraged by their overall display.
“I think you can see the way the team defended as a unit, not just the defenders but the whole team was very pleasing,” he added.
“When the lads show you the things we’ve been doing in training on the pitch that’s very pleasing for me and Paul (Stephenson) and Lodgey (Paul Lodge). And it showed them as well that what you’re doing in training isn’t just for training’s sake, it’s for functional work that you put in during the game.
“When they actually see it working that’s when they start to believe that it’s starting to work.
“Now we just need to replicate those Capital One Cup performances in the league and there’'ll be no problem whatsoever.
“We’re looking forward to putting that into action against Burton this weekend.”
But Beattie acknowledged that might be easier said than done.
“It’s a different style of football in the league,” he said.
“Cardiff came and passed the ball and we responded well to that.
“I've just got to try to make the players aware of what’s at stake in the league and try to relax them as much as I can.”
Meanwhile, the Stanley boss praised youth team star Connor Mahoney for an eye-catching cameo against Cardiff.
It was a big night for the 16-year-old winger, who made his debut from the bench.
“I’m going to try to not mention him as much as I can because I know people will be coming to watch him,” said Beattie.
“He’s a really nice lad and he’s got fantastic ability.
“For a player of 16 to come on in a game against a Premier League outfit and to have such confidence in what he was doing shows you a little bit about his character and a little bit about where he sees himself going.”
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