Beattie to keep faith with his rocked Reds

Lancashire Telegraph: Beattie to keep faith with his rocked Reds Beattie to keep faith with his rocked Reds

ACCRINGTON boss James Beattie is keeping faith with defensive pairing Dean Winnard and Tom Aldred – even though Rob Atkinson is set to return following Saturday’s 3-2 home loss to Exeter City.

Atkinson was a regular in the Stanley defence before suffering a serious hamstring injury in October and is now ready to make a comeback when the Reds travel to Mansfield Town at the weekend.

But Beattie has been impressed with the way Winnard and Aldred have linked up in the centre of defence in Atkinson’s absence.

Even though the duo had a more difficult afternoon against Exeter, when Stanley conceded three goals in the opening 24 minutes, the Stanley boss says that will not tempt him to wield the axe.

“Rob trained last week but if he’d been called upon early on Saturday we would have been putting him at risk,” Beattie said. “I spoke to him before the game, and we’ll get him another week’s training and he’ll be in contention.

“He hasn’t played a game for near on 10 weeks now, so we’ll have to take everything into consideration.

“Deano and Tom have been magnificent for eight weeks. One game or maybe just 25 minutes of indifferent form doesn’t determine whether they’re going to start or not start the next game.”

Stanley opted not to name a substitute goalkeeper, with Ian Dunbavin left out of the 18-man squad. “It’s just a decision that we made,” Beattie said.

“It’s a slight risk but it’s one I’m willing to take.”

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12:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

GazMataz says...

Must admit before a ball was kicked that Aldred (power, commitment, desire, a defenders' defender) and Atkinson (older, more cultured, good organiser, cool head) seemed like an ideal pairing at the heart of our defence and I could see them getting better and better as the season progressed.
Unfortunately a combination of our poor start and injurys meant the partnership was over before it really got going. Fiar play to Winnard, I've got a lot of love for him and happy for him to have a place in the team anywhere across the backline.
True he can have moments that border on absolute calamity (Saturday) but he more than makes up for it and is one of our better defenders as well as being somewhat underrated going forawrd. Puts me in mind of Phil Edwards, loved by the fans, always gives his all, capable of a mistake.
The fact that Atkinson is back can only be good, keeping competition for starting places high and giving us options in case of suspensions and niggles - a huge factory as we approch the busy Christmas fixture list, lets not forget Winnard is more than capable back up for Hunt (the unstoppable yellow card collecting machine) which is more than needed now that Murphy is showing his true quality in the middle of the park.
Once again James Beattie shows he is a knowledgeable and sensible manager despite his lack of experience with his comments on the matter, with two of our next three games at home and all of them eminently winnable we need a whole squad not just a starting eleven - something Coleman never learned.
Must admit before a ball was kicked that Aldred (power, commitment, desire, a defenders' defender) and Atkinson (older, more cultured, good organiser, cool head) seemed like an ideal pairing at the heart of our defence and I could see them getting better and better as the season progressed. Unfortunately a combination of our poor start and injurys meant the partnership was over before it really got going. Fiar play to Winnard, I've got a lot of love for him and happy for him to have a place in the team anywhere across the backline. True he can have moments that border on absolute calamity (Saturday) but he more than makes up for it and is one of our better defenders as well as being somewhat underrated going forawrd. Puts me in mind of Phil Edwards, loved by the fans, always gives his all, capable of a mistake. The fact that Atkinson is back can only be good, keeping competition for starting places high and giving us options in case of suspensions and niggles - a huge factory as we approch the busy Christmas fixture list, lets not forget Winnard is more than capable back up for Hunt (the unstoppable yellow card collecting machine) which is more than needed now that Murphy is showing his true quality in the middle of the park. Once again James Beattie shows he is a knowledgeable and sensible manager despite his lack of experience with his comments on the matter, with two of our next three games at home and all of them eminently winnable we need a whole squad not just a starting eleven - something Coleman never learned. GazMataz

4:16pm Wed 18 Dec 13

tiojo says...

Good that the Telegraph is making a bit more of an effort with its coverage of Stanley recently. Thanks. Keep it up.
Good that the Telegraph is making a bit more of an effort with its coverage of Stanley recently. Thanks. Keep it up. tiojo

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