Date: 27th April 2014 at 3:45pm
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Our two one win over Oxford United yesterday confirmed Accrington Stanley’s survival for 2013-14 and as you can imagine, manager James Beattie couldn’t have been happier at full time especially as he became the first Accrington manager to secure victory over the club in nine attempts.

Speaking to the Official Site Beattie’s main delight obviously was owing to us securing safety in League 2 with a game to spare.

‘It’s a tremendous achievement for everyone and it’s all about the players and it has been since day one and they have done a great job. The recovery is now 100% complete and as I have said all season we believed in ourselves right from the word go even though the start that we had was horrific.’

Beattie goes on to say that from the moment he walked through the door, it has been a journey and he said the team were a huge part in his decision to take on the managerial role because he knew he could work with them, and get them to regularly compete at the level we needed to, so he was always confident of achieving survival this season.

‘Now I just thank the lads from the bottom of my heart and to have ensured our Football League status for next season is brilliant.’

As for the game and the two goals from Kayode Odejayi and James Gray, Beattie said he felt we fully deserved the victory owing to our performance, and he was delighted to see the squad carry out the game plan, quieten the home fans down and get on top in the game to frustrate Oxford.

‘When we got ahead we were stressing to the players not to rest on our laurels. They deserved the result. We only really caused our own problems through dilly-dallying at the back or individual errors.’

End the season on a high now with hopefully another victory and then preparations can begin for next season properly, and hopefully we can look to push up the table a touch more under the gaffer.