Beattie embraces life down at Stanley
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.”