Date: 25th April 2014 at 2:27pm
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Manager James Beattie has said that he’s hoping to lead Accrington Stanley to their first victory in nine attempts when we face Oxford on Saturday.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, Beattie said that confidence was high in the camp and he hoped that would be the swinger for us to pick up all three points and secure our safety this weekend.

‘I didn’t know that a little bit of history could be made. Little things like that all contribute to trying to be successful and I want the club to be successful and be able to help the players on their own individual journeys. We go into every game trying to win it, that’s what we’re about.’

Beattie goes on to say that with how the team have come together over the course of the season, he feels we are in a very good position now to go and do just that when we face Oxford and pick up that first victory, as we certainly won’t be going to the Kassam Stadium looking for a draw.

Of course earlier in the season, Beattie himself was linked with their managerial job and he says it was just media speculation and no approach was ever made but he’s used to speculation in football, and he didn’t let it affect his focus on us and it won’t play any part when we face them this weekend either.

With us 18th in the league and all but safe really, the gaffer says that the players aren’t considering relegation, we are still trying to look up the table and push ourselves as high as we can.

‘The players have taken it into their own hands and they want to finish as high as possible and make sure that the recovery is complete. Because Bristol Rovers and Wycombe play each other it would have to be a miracle of Noah proportions for us to go down now but we just want to get as many points as we can. We want to improve on last year and we won’t be taking our foot off the gas.’

Beattie says that especially given how we started the season, he feels that it has been a ‘remarkable achievement’ to finish as strongly as we have done in recent time, and although his first year in management has certainly been a bit of a rollercoaster he’s looking forward to next season now and hopefully maybe a play off push to continue moving us forward.