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League Two

Beattie bemoans more bad luck

25 August 2013

Accrington manager James Beattie is praying his side soon enjoy a change of fortune as they look for their first league victory of the season following a 1-0 home loss to Cheltenham in League Two.

The squad is depleted with experienced Nicky Hunt out injured and striker Danny Webber suspended, while they finished this defeat with 10 men when Lawrie Wilson hobbled off injured after all three subs had been used.

Beattie was also furious with a free kick decision which led to the Robins' winner as Peter Murphy was judged to have fouled Craig Braham-Barrett in the 71st minute - when he seemed to get the ball - and the resulting Matt Richards' set-piece was tucked home by Jason Taylor.

"It's there to see how we lost it and I don't want to comment any more," said Beattie. "Neither side played particularly well but a point would have been a fair result.

"It's really disappointing when a decision is made but there are 94 other minutes to affect the game.

"We weren't up to speed for one reason or another. Our forward play didn't warrant a goal but our defence deserved a clean sheet and that was taken from us.

"The incident has gone, nothing can change it and I feel sorry for the lads, but we are working hard to gain results."

Cheltenham assistant Neil Howarth was pleased his side, who have made the play-offs for the last two years, have got off the mark this season.

"These are tough places to come, it's a long journey and it was a scrappy game but we got the all-important three points," he said.

"We have got our first clean sheet of the season and that was important after last week where we played poorly at Plymouth and lost (3-1).

"We didn't want to overreact but we have worked hard in training sessions and in meetings this week to find out what went wrong.

"We have bounced back. We haven't played as well as we can but it's an important victory.

"We have a good squad - you can tell that with Jermaine McGlashan on the bench - and we have now got to kick on."

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