Beattie’s delight as Accrington win at last
ACCRINGTON boss James Beattie felt his side were good value for their longawaited first win of the season.
After Abdulai BellBaggie’s double had fired Tranmere 2-1 up in the second half, two goals in five minutes from James Gray and Kal Naismith gave Stanley the three points which lifted them off the foot of the table.
There was plenty of relief for Stanley boss Beattie after his side had picked up just a single point from their opening five games.
And the former England striker said: “It’s a great feeling but I have to say this win has been coming.
“It was hardfought but the players have worked so hard in training and thankfully all that has paid off here.
“To get that first win against a side such as Tranmere is terrific, too. They’re a good side, just down from League One but we’ve deserved to beat them.
“Massive credit to the lads. We have been surrendering leads too easily of late but the response here was brilliant and it’s great to see them enjoying their work.”
Stanley got off to a terrific start when they opened the scoring after just seven minutes.
Aston Villa loanee Janoi Donacien clumsily tripped Naismith in the box and up stepped Gray to slam home the resultant spotkick as he notched his third goal of the season.
Rovers levelled just a minute after the restart. Bell-Baggie latched onto Max Power’s precise through-ball before slotting his second strike of the season neatly under goalkeeper Joe Lumley.
Tranmere had finally found their rhythm, and it was Bell-Baggie who struck again with 20 minutes left.
The 22-year-old met another smart throughball, this time from Eliot Richards, before rounding Lumley and rolling the ball into an unguarded net.
It was to be Stanley’s day, however, as two late goals in five minutes handed them a precious victory.
Gray headed his second goal in the 78th minute before Naismith won it when he tapped home after Peter Brezovan spilled Adam Buxton’s fierce shot.
Little wonder Rovers boss Rob Edwards cut a frustrated figure. He said: “It’s a hard defeat to take. We keep losing these leads and to be honest it’s driving me mad now.
“I’m as frustrated as anyone because we were much improved in the second half.
“We didn’t defend our penalty box well enough, though. We’ve got to be making better decisions, we made some strange ones. We looked anxious, and I don’t understand it.
“We’ve got to hold our nerve when we’re in front and that’s not happening.
“We’re all learning the hard way in this division. It’s tough, as we’ve seen again here.”
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