Stan­ley ded­i­cate vic­tory to Beat­tie

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Bower

IN­TERIM Ac­cring­ton man­ager Paul Stephen­son ded­i­cated their 1-0 vic­tory against Wim­ble­don to for­mer boss James Beat­tie, as James Gray’s late goal se­cured Stan­ley their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son.

Beat­tie left the club by mu­tual con­sent on Fri­day af­ter­noon, but Gray’s late goal proved to be the dif­fer­ence on the day, en­sur­ing Stephen­son got off to a win­ning start as care­taker man­ager.

And he was quick to ded­i­cate the re­sult to Beat­tie after the game, as well as prais­ing the play­ers for their per­for­mance through­out.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble re­sult, and I’d like to think they did it for James,” Stephen­son said.

“I’ve worked very closely with him for 15 months so it was great to see them get a re­sult in th­ese cir­cum­stances.

“We’ve kept a clean sheet and we’ve done it against the most po­tent strike force in the di­vi­sion at this mo­ment in time.

“After what they’ve been through in the last 24 hours with the man­ager leav­ing – who they all loved – that was very spe­cial.

“Great credit to the play­ers, they were ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.The scenes when we scored were in­cred­i­ble, and it’s a great re­sult.”

Stan­ley are now four points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone in a League Two ta­ble that is start­ing to take shape, with Wim­ble­don’s pro­lific striker Matt Tubbs strug­gling all af­ter­noon against a dogged and res­o­lute Ac­cring­ton de­fence.

Tubbs – who has al­ready scored six times in League Two this year – looked like the only man ca­pa­ble of break­ing the dead­lock in a fairly dour game, and his curl­ing ef­fort with 20 min­utes left had Joe Lum­ley beaten but it drifted past the post to leave the game level.

Ac­cring­ton had barely had a sniff un­til the goal fi­nally ar­rived in the 83rd minute; Gray re­cieved the ball on the edge of the area be­fore smartly chip­ping over an ad­vanc­ing James Shea to give the home side all three points.

Dons boss Ard­ley re­fused to be too down­beat after the game, hint­ing they de­served at least a point just a week after con­ced­ing four goals against strug­gling Carlisle United. “It’s tough on the boys,” Ard­ley said.

“I’m not go­ing to kill them be­cause we con­ceded four last week against Carlisle.

“We worked hard on our de­fence dur­ing the week, and I asked for them to be tighter at the back, which is what you need at a place like Ac­cring­ton.

“We were re­silient, we were strong in our de­fend­ing and they never re­ally looked like they were go­ing to score, which makes it hard to take.

“When you work so hard on your de­fend­ing you lose a bit of your flu­ency go­ing for­wards and we were a lit­tle bit static go­ing for­wards.”

STAR MAN KAI NAISM

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