Beat­tie em­braces life down at Stan­ley

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alan Mor­land To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley’s play­ers may not ooze the same class James Beat­tie did at his pomp – but the new boss in­sists he will treat his play­ers as equals af­ter pick­ing up his first point as a man­ager against Portsmouth.

Peter Mur­phy can­celled out David Con­nolly’s penalty late on af­ter the Stan­ley mid­fielder’s stun­ning open­ing ef­fort had ear­lier been pegged back by exRepub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Con­nolly in the sec­ond-half.

And for­mer Southamp­ton hot­shot Beat­tie, who re­placed Leam Richard­son at the Crown Ground over the sum­mer, is adamant he will not pick up a su­pe­ri­or­ity com­plex in League Two.

He said: “When I started here the most im­por­tant thing for me was to treat the lads as equal. I had a man­ager once in my ca­reer who was not shy to say you weren’t as good as him but I’ve said to my­self they’re all great lads and very tal­ented.

“It’s im­por­tant for you to know their level and I’m never go­ing to put them down and say they can’t do the things I did – I’d be a ter­ri­ble man­ager.

“I’m go­ing to have to see whether he meant the goal it but he’s a good player is Murph, and if he sticks to what he’s good at he’ll be do­ing things like that on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

Portsmouth were on top with Pa­trick Agye­mang in­ex­pli­ca­bly mis­cu­ing with the goal gap­ing mid­way through the first-half but Accy stunned the vis­i­tors just af­ter half-time when Mur­phy’s au­da­cious lon­grange ef­fort curled into the top cor­ner.

The away side’s strike duo linked-up for the lev­eller in the 57th minute as Agye­mang cush­ioned a header for Con­nolly to lash home.

Then Nicky Hunt felled Con­nolly in the area – af­ter the striker cap­i­talised on his lax back­pass – for the 36year-old to con­vert from the penalty spot, only for Mur­phy to nod the lev­eller from point-blank range with five min­utes to go.

Andy Bar­cham also hit the post in a fran­tic fin­ish but Guy Whit­ting­ham be­lieves Pom­pey, who have drafted in 16 new faces over the sum­mer, are on their way to find­ing some chem­istry.

“Agye­mang and Con­nolly have been to­gether since Jan­uary so they’ve got a pretty good un­der­stand­ing but I’m a lit­tle more pleased for the rest of the team who gelled well,” said Whit­ting­ham. “It’ll take a while but we’re get­ting there.

“We said that if we took a point from it we’d be fairly pleased, but we cre­ated enough chances to win two or three games let alone one so that is dis­ap­point­ing. If you’re only a goal ahead things can change.”

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