Stanley boss: Turn performances into points

James Beattie

James Beattie

First published in Sport

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss James Beattie felt his side were unlucky not to get something from the 2-1 defeat at Burton Albion on Saturday.

The result leaves the Reds one place and four points clear of the bottom two heading into the final 13 games of the season.

But Beattie believes his side still have a belief that they are better than their league position suggests.

He said: “I think the lads have a certain belief that they’ve been building over the last few weeks.

“I thought we rode our luck a little early on in the game thanks to Marcus Bettinelli, who is an excellent keeper and made a couple of great saves. We didn’t switch on for the first 10 minutes but then we got into our stride.”

Dean Winnard levelled for the Reds after former Stanley striker Billy Kee put the hosts in front only for Kee to net the winner with a controversial penalty.

Beattie added: “It was a great delivery from Lee Molyneux and I’m sure Deano was ecstatic to get his head on it and open his account for the season.

“Goals breed confidence and when Burton went 2-1 up they changed their formation.

“They were desperate to get back on the winning trail again and were leaving three players up which left them susceptible on the break.

“We saw that so we changed our formation and put three forwards on to try and rescue something from the game.”

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