Beat­tie’s de­light as Ac­cring­ton win at last

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Si­mon Smedley

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.”

STAR MAN KAI NAISM

ITH Ac­cring

ton

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