Date: 13th March 2014 at 5:31pm
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Following our draw against Hartlepool manager James Beattie has said he’s looking for Accrington Stanley to achieve a target of 52 points this season which should keep us nicely away from the drop zone.

Following the point in our last match, we are now eleven off that stated target and speaking to the press following the game the gaffer explained that with the league being so tight, he feels that’s an appropriate number to aim for to secure our survival, and the point against promotion chasing Hartlepool was a good point in that direction.

‘The good thing for us is our destiny is in our own hands and we can only concentrate on ourselves. We have to take the positives out of this performance, which is a clean sheet and a battling, gutsy performance, but it wasn’t a spectacular game.’

Neither side had a glut of chances on the night, but we did dominate on that score so it wouldn’t have been to unfair to see us nick it one nil, but the main thing was keeping ourselves ahead of others and the point helps achieve that aim.

The gaffer admits it was a close and with a touch more composure and quality we could’ve been talking about three points here, but what will be will be and it is in our hands.

Beattie also took the opportunity to praise the performances of Tom Aldred and Dean Winnard again in defence, but also credited the strength of the players on the bench for how they are stepping up when called upon to help change or see out matches of late.