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Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie proud of his players

19 January 2014

Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie was proud of his players after their 2-1 victory at Cheltenham Town.

Stanley ended a four-match winless run to edge clear of the relegation zone in League Two with first-half goals from George Bowerman and Luke Joyce, before Jamie Cureton pulled one back for the Robins after the break.

"It was reminiscent of our Scunthorpe performance (a 2-0 win) and we got off to a good start this week, which is very pleasing," Beattie said.

"I heard Mark Yates (Cheltenham boss) talking about their start and I feel for him because that's the way we've been starting games, but it was different this time.

"We were winning headers, winning second balls and winning individual battles. When you are on top in games, as we have said many times this season, you need to score and we did.

"George finished his off well and then Joycie has scored, which is a rarity but he is more than happy with it.

"My two central midfielders communicated well and it was a great away performance.

"We knew we had to quieten the crowd down and we knew they'd come out in the second half and have a go and the next goal would be vital.

"They scored it and we had to dig in even more. They bombarded our box and we had to rejig our formation. The lads stood strong and I am very proud of them."

Cheltenham boss Yates apologised to the home supporters for what he admitted was an unacceptable performance.

"We should have got something out of the game with the chances we had in the second half, but you can't play like we did in the first half against anyone and expect to get a result," he said.

"One or two of my players looked lethargic and it's not good enough. We have conceded two sloppy goals, but in the second half we had a go.

"But the first-half performance has cost us three points and it's another home defeat which hurts me, hurts my staff and I hope it hurts the players somewhere near as much as well.

"I apologise to the supporters for the first half and the players don't come out with any credit in the second half just for having a go, that doesn't cut the mustard and we have to be at it from the start.

"We warned them it would be hard, but we were poor in the first half and it has cost us."

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