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Beattie - We Are Now Almost There

Beattie - We Are Now Almost There

Manager James Beattie has said that he feels Accrington Stanley's survival job for 2013-14 is now almost done, but that doesn't mean that with two games left he's going to let the team ease up.

Of course, Accrington stand four points off bottom place following on from Easter Monday's loss to play off secured Southend United, but despite the loss the gaffer feels we are now almost over the line as some of those below us, have to face each other, so a maximum return is unlikely in many cases, meaning another point or win would make us mathematically safe this campaign, and that will be the focus going forward.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Beattie said.

'I thought we did brilliantly. We did well in the first half and the crowd were getting frustrated. Phil Brown was trying to play football but the pitch wasn't conducive to that and the sun was beating down. I know we lost, but I cannot fault the lads effort or commitment all season.'

Beattie goes on to say that despite how we started the season, he feels we've been in every game bar the opening day against Newport County, and he feels irrespective of the results, we have shown ourselves to be competitive at this level, and more than a match for most teams - and had we had the confidence within the camp we have had in 2014 at the beginning of the campaign, he believes we'd be significantly higher in the table already.

'That's credit to the boys and their rise especially after four points in the opening 12 games. I think the job is almost done although we won't take anything for granted and we will be working hard as we want to get the results the boys deserve in the final two games of the season.'

Going to back to the game, he also admitted that the loss was very disappointing when you look at it as Southend only having two shots on target in the entire game - so Marcus Bettinelli only really had to do two things. Save one shot, and pick the other one up out of the net.

Regardless of what happens in other games, it remains in our hands and another victory in either the Oxford or Wimbledon game would be enough to see ourselves safe and the sooner we do that the better and maybe we can climb a few places in the process.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday April 22 2014
Time: 10:49PM

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