Beat­tie’s still on the hunt for first win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Palmer

AS­SIS­TANT man­ager Neil Howarth pointed to the char­ac­ter in the Chel­tenham Town dress­ing room as they ground out their first League Two win of the sea­son at Ac­cring­ton.

Both teams went into the match search­ing for their open­ing three-point haul of the cam­paign and Ja­son Tay­lor’s 71st minute goal was enough to sep­a­rate the sides dur­ing a wholly for­get­table en­counter.

Chel­tenham made three changes in a bid to im­prove their for­tunes af­ter a 3-1 home de­feat by Ply­mouth Ar­gyle a week ear­lier and Howarth be­lieved they de­served the spoils at the Crown Ground.

“To bounce back from a poor per­for­mance af­ter a long hard week with some good train­ing ses­sions and in-depth meet­ings to work out what went wrong last week is par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing,” he said.

“We did not over­re­act and there were some good bits from last week, but we’ve got the al­limpor­tant first vic­tory.”

Chel­tenham switched from a tra­di­tional 4-4-2 to a di­a­mond mid­field, with Tay­lor sit­ting in front of the back four and the move paid div­i­dends as they stopped the goals leak­ing in.

“We went nar­row in mid­field with Ja­son Tay­lor back in the side be­cause he’s a good or­gan­iser and a tough, de­fen­sive mid­fielder who popped up with the win­ning goal and I thought that was fit­ting,” Howarth said.“The for­ma­tion worked well and it’s some­thing we have been talk­ing about for sea­sons, try­ing to work out what shape to go with.

“Af­ter half-time we were in con­trol and show­ing bits of the football we can play. The goal was well timed and with the sec­ond half per­for­mance I thought we thor­oughly de­served the win.”

James Beat­tie is still wait­ing for his first League Two vic­tory as Ac­cring­ton boss and he ad­mit­ted his team were not any­where near good enough.

“It’s there to see how we lost it and I don’t think ei­ther side played par­tic­u­larly well,” Beat­tie said.“I think we de­served a point, but we didn’t play well and we weren’t up to speed for one rea­son or an­other. “We were de­ter­mined to get a clean sheet and I thought in view of the game we de­served that, but our for­ward play didn’t war­rant a goal.”

Chel­tenham’s goal came from a free-kick by Matt Richards af­ter a foul was given against Peter Mur­phy for a chal­lenge on Craig Bra­ham-Bar­rett.

Beat­tie added: “I have made a prom­ise to my­self that the in­ci­dent is gone now and I can’t do any­thing about it.

“There were 94 other min­utes when we could have af­fected it.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

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