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One win is all we need, says Accrington Stanley skipper
James Beattie’s side remain rooted to the bottom of League Two, seven points adrift of safety after picking up just two points from a possible 30 in his inaugural season as manager.
But despite clocking up their 10th league game without a win following last Friday’s 2-1 home defeat by Dagenham and Redbridge, Joyce insists there is still plenty of belief in the side that they can come through their early season crisis and start clocking up points.
For the midfielder feels with the additions of experienced players like Danny Webber and Kayode Odejayi the squad is stronger than ever, and in good hands.
“This is my fifth season and we’ve been in the play-offs in that time but this is the best squad we’ve had, so it’s hard to put your finger on why we’ve only got two points and we’re bottom of the league,” said the former Carlisle man.
“We’ve got to get on with it, we can’t ignore the fact – you don’t win games on paper.
“But I think one win is all we need to set us off on a run.
“Everyone will take a deep breath and a sigh of relief.
“We saw that last season when that win at Rochdale sparked us off.”
And Joyce insists the nucleus of the squad that beat the drop from League Two last season are drawing strength from those experiences as they battle to recover from a winless start to the campaign.
“We have to use that as a positive, especially the lads who were here and experienced it,” he said.
“It was brilliant to ensure safety and the gaffer has said being part of it was one of the most enjoyable times of his career.”
Beattie was a key member of the dressing room at that time, and Joyce paid tribute to the new manager’s level-headed approach to their early season problems.
“The gaffer’s really big on staying positive and not getting down and sulking and thinking the world’s against us,” he said.
“He’s been great, especially considering it’s his first managerial job.
“Him and Paul Stephenson and Paul Lodge can’t do any more for us, they’re bending over backwards to give us the best of everything so we need to start paying them back with results and performances.
“We don’t forget the disappointment of recent weeks, especially Friday, but we have to take positives going into Saturday’s game at Wimbledon.
“It’s been a good ground for us, we’ve won on our last two trips there.
“In a lot of games we’re playing well and creating chances but not scoring at the right time.
“Friday night was a great example of that. We hit the post and got in good positions, their two goals came from us having the ball in their box.
“It’s easy to say we’re not having the rub of the green, we could have done things better, but we have been unlucky.”
He added: “No-one’s panicking yet. We don’t want to be where we are, almost a quarter of the season in, but there are still lots of points to play for.
“If you’re going to have a bad run in the season we can get it over with now and then start picking some points up.
“We want to be fighting at the top end of the table.”
Stanley’s only win so far this season has been a 1-0 success away at Championship side Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup. They were subsequently knocked out by Premier League side Cardiff City.
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