Beat­tie’s Ac­cring­ton ditch easy for nasty

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AC­CRING­TON boss James Beat­tie claims a nasty streak is the rea­son be­hind his side’s un­beaten run, which was ex­tended to four games against fel­low strug­glers Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.

Stan­ley played out a scrappy en­counter with the Chair­boys where just one shot on tar­get was mus­tered all af­ter­noon.

But Beat­tie de­clared him­self sat­is­fied with the point and be­lieves his troops are be­com­ing less gen­er­ous on their trav­els.

“It’s a well-earned point,” said Beat­tie.“It’s never a clas­sic in anybody’s book but we got stuck in and we did the nasty things well and were hard to beat and we got a point.

“Our record away from home is very good and we’ve learnt about how to deal with cer­tain sit­u­a­tions and it’s great for me to see and it shows me that the lads are pro­gress­ing.”

Ac­cring­ton did have the ball in the net in the 84th minute af­ter Piero Min­goia con­verted Lau­rence Wil­son’s low cross but the effort was ruled out for off­side.

“I’d like to see the re­play,” Beat­tie added.

“To­wards the end there was only re­ally one team that was go­ing to score and I felt it was us.”

Ac­cring­ton goal­keeper Mar­cus Bet­tinelli made the only save of the game in the 56th minute when he tipped away Reece Sty­che’s 25-yard shot.

Wy­combe, who have now won just once in 17 matches, threat­ened early on when Dean Mor­gan tried an am­bi­tious lob from 35 yards but that was the best they could muster.

And man­ager Gareth Ainsworth has urged his shot-shy play­ers to spend some time in front of the TV.

“I thought we could have done bet­ter at set­plays,” said Ainsworth.

“I’ve told the play­ers to watch Match of the Day and to go and see how the Premier League boys do it and how they break teams down around the edge of the box.

“Look­ing at the league there is nine points be­tween eighth and rel­e­ga­tion.

“It’s crazy so it’s a very tight league and I don’t want any­one wor­ry­ing too much about the ta­ble at the mo­ment.

“I want to be beat­ing teams like Ac­cring­ton at home but that’s the first clean sheet we’ve had in a while so we’ve got to build on that and we’ve crossed one of our tar­gets off to hit 30 points.

“An­other pos­i­tive was Dean Mor­gan com­ing back (from in­jury) and get­ting 90 min­utes, I thought he did well (but) he tired to­wards the end.

“It wasn’t a must-win game, it was a like-to-win game.

“But we got a point (and) we got a clean sheet and we’ve got to build on those things.”

STAR MAN MATT BLOOM

FIELD Wy­com

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