Accrington Stanley have to learn lesson, says Beattie

A lone Stanley fan reflects on the 4-0 midweek defeat to Shrewsbury Town

A lone Stanley fan reflects on the 4-0 midweek defeat to Shrewsbury Town

First published in Sport

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss James Beattie will today ask his side to relive Tuesday’s horror show at Shrewsbury Town as they attempt to climb off the foot of the League Two table.

Stanley lost 4-0 at the New Meadow in midweek to slip to bottom spot after losing their opening three league matches of the season.

The Reds’ preparations for the game were hit by the theft of several players’ boots but Beattie admits they must improve drastically on their performance.

Stanley were 3-0 down and a man down by half time after goalkeeper Luke Simpson was sent off for a professional foul.

The Reds manager will gather the squad at training today to watch the video of the Shrewsbury game, as he bids to put things right for Saturday’s home game against Luton Town.

“I think we’re all going to sit down and watch the video, which will be interesting,” he said.

“We found ourselves 3-0 down at half time and down to 10 men, so we had a few words at half time. The lads were devastated.

“I said to them hopefully they’ll never play that badly again.

“It’s a result we need to look at, there are things we need to address and we will do.

“We’ve had certain things happen at the club this week which haven’t helped, but they’re a young bunch and they’re willing to learn.

“I’m more than willing to take the blame for that performance. I’ll take that on my shoulders squarely.”

The match had started badly when a clearance from Simpson ricocheted off Shrewsbury’s former Stanley striker Andy Mangan and into the net.

Simpson’s dismissal then exacerbated the situation.

The keeper will now be suspended for the Luton game, with Jay Lynch set to make his first start for the club.

But Beattie says his players must be able to deal better with setbacks during a match.

“The first goal was unlucky that Luke hit it into Andy Mangan, and the nature of the goal hit the lads hard,” he said.

“I try to get into them about game management and how they shouldn’t let anything that happens in the game alter their thought process, and obviously it did.

“The second goal was as calamitous, if not more so, than the first and it was unfortunate for Luke.

“But it was another goal that the lads took to heart massively, and it affected us deeply.”

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