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League Two

Beattie bullish despite defeat

5 October 2013

James Beattie is aware that Accrington's current predicament is `serious` but the Stanley boss is sure he can turn around the club's fortunes.

A 2-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge on Friday night was an eighth loss in 10 Sky Bet League Two matches this season, leaving Beattie's boys rooted to the bottom of the table.

Quickfire goals from Zavon Hines and Rhys Murphy either side of the hour mark did the damage before substitute James Gray netted a consolation goal for the hosts in the first minute of injury time.

``I am bitterly disappointed and it was kamikaze defending but we have got to remain positive,`` said Beattie, who is in his first managerial role.

``It is serious but I still believe we can win two or three on the spin and then we are talking about a different scenario. I still believe we can turn it around

``We have got to learn lessons quicker and we are all disappointed. Losing is a bad habit to have and winning is the best, and I believe we can get into a winning habit.``

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett expected a tough clash but he was delighted to get the win that moved the Londoners to the brink of the top seven and extended the club's unbeaten league run to five matches.

``I said to the players that this was going to be the toughest game in the last few weeks,`` said Burnett.

``We played reasonably well but I knew it would be a tight game. It's obvious, but goals change games and the first gave us a lift and once we went 2-0 up we went into cruise control.

"I never thought we would lose, although the last three or four minutes weren't good for my heart when they got one back."

Burnett added: "We have a fantastic attacking threat and we capitalised twice on the counter attack. I thought Billy Bingham was excellent for us, he has fantastic ability and he has come in and staked a claim for a place.

"We have also brought in Chris Dixon and he chased us up the M1 as he only got clearance after we had set off. But he came on and showed he will be an attacking threat. I am delighted.``

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