Date: 7th September 2013 at 8:46pm
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James Beattie has said he was delighted with the performance of the players in today’s battle against Chesterfield, but admits we gifted them the winning goal.

Dean Winnard was the unfortunate culprit as 60 seconds into the second half he played a back pass which was intercepted by Dean Richards whose shot came back off the woodwork, before being put in from about 15 yards out by Tendayi Darikwa from the rebound.

The goal was enough to separate the teams on the day, although Chesterfield did have other opportunities in front of goal but Accrington remained tight and fought them off valiantly.

Speaking to the press after the game, Beattie chose to focus on the positives from the game and refused to blame Winnard for the error, especially as we could’ve rescued a point in the closing stages of the game.

‘I’ve said to the players, I’m delighted with the performance and the game plan worked again but unfortunately you can’t do any amount of training for errors like the one that happened. Dean’s devastated, but apart from that, he played a magnificent game.’

Beattie also revealed that following the game our former manager Paul Cook told him that no other side so far this season had caused them the problems that we did, and Chesterfield also changed tactically through formation in the game in an effort to keep us quieter which is a big positive for us take and we look for further improvements ourselves.

Another one of those games where it might have worked differently and in favour with a bit of luck, but as Beattie points if we stay positive, confident and continue performing like that results will go for us in the coming weeks and we’ll improve our league position.