Date: 18th August 2014 at 7:24pm
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Manager James Beattie was left disappointed at full time as Accrington Stanley went down two one to Cheltenham Town on Saturday afternoon.

The very least you could argue we deserved was a point in the game but that luck wasn’t with us and we didn’t test their keeper enough with our chances, especially as Kal Naismith wasted a golden opportunity from the penalty spot in injury time, but it was the overall performance that disappointed the gaffer as he spoke to the Official Site.

‘In the first half we didn’t really start the game in any capacity. We were lucky to still be in the game at half time. I thought Luke Simpson in goal was excellent for us and made some great saves.’

Beattie goes on to say that at half time he told the players this was a second opportunity to now start the game properly and he tinkered with the formation and made the double change and he felt we really got back into the game.

‘(The goal) It was a great move and a great awareness in the penalty area from a number of players, I thought we had the momentum at that stage. We rode our luck a little bit but when we scored to make it one one I thought there was only one team going to win it.’

Unfortunately for us, Cheltenham retook the lead shortly after that and it was again a source of disappointment for Beattie.

‘It was a long ball that we didn’t deal with properly, it hurts me to say, and it’s ended up in the back of our net. At that point a few lads let their heads drop, which I’m not particularly happy about because you have to keep going to the final whistle, irrespective of what situation arises in the game.’

The gaffer goes on to say that those players who didn’t let their heads drop got us out of the mess we were in at that point and of course we then had the opportunity to salvage a point from the encounter but it wasn’t to be.

‘They’re dejected in there but I’m said to them that they need to pick themselves up. There’s a great opportunity for them to put it right on Tuesday against Shrewsbury.’