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Beattie’s belief in Reds cause after Stanley secure a point
7:53am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss James Beattie insisted his side believe they are a side that is better than their league position suggests after watching his troops come within four minutes of a first victory of the campaign.
The Reds, down to 10-men for the entire second half following the sending off of Kayode Odejayi, succumbed to a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon.
Odejayi had earlier put the visitors in front before he was dismissed in first half injury time.
Stanley defended manfully in the second half but Alan Bennett levelled for the home side on 86 minutes. The point was Stanley's third of the season from their opening 11 games and even at this early stage they are now six points away from safety.
But Beattie, who has seen his side win just once this season – at Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup – believes his players have the mental strength to pull away from the League Two basement.
He said: “I believe in the set of lads that is in there. It is easy for me to say the same things. People are saying why does he keep being positive about the team. But that is not a team out there that is a bottom of the league. I have seen teams bottom of the league before. We carry our shoulders high and have our chests out wearing the crest of the club and they have done themselves very proud this afternoon.”
The Reds boss admitted he was pleased with his players’ effort in the second half following the dismissal of Odejayi – something the Stanley chief would not be drawn on.
He said: “It is one of the those decisions. I don't want to mention it because I don't think it warrants any mention.
I was unimpressed, I would rather have played the game with 11 men.”
And Beattie was particularly pleased with the first half performance which saw his side dominate proceedings against a team who began the day on the cusp of the play-offs.
He said: We played some great stuff. You could see the relief in the team when we went a goal up.
“I was really pleased with the first half performance.
“We went 1-0 up today and it was like a huge burden had been lifted on the lads. They were playing like they do in training.
“I believe we got great quality into the box. Set pieces are huge at any level. We do quite a lot of work on them.
“With the quality that is going into the box we should be getting more goals.”
Beattie added that the second half had to be a backs-to the wall effort.
“The second half was a totally different approach with 10-men.
He added: “We had to sacrifice James Caton on his debut for club.
“But if you were watching our bench, you would see the lads shouting and screaming instruction and being part of a team.
“I want to keep the praise as general as I can because we are trying to build a team spirit in there. I am very proud of the lads.
“If we show that commitment and that desire then we won’t be at the bottom too much longer.”
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