Date: 22nd November 2013 at 10:05pm
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Accrington Skipper Luke Joyce has praised the clubs’ board for remaining patient and keeping their faith in gaffer James Beattie.

As we all know it took us 13 games before we registered a win and plenty of people were saying that having only picked up four draws prior to our first three points Beattie’s time as a gaffer should already be up, despite it only really just beginning.

Two draws immediately prior to our first win, and improving performances week in week out must have more than convinced the board they were right in giving him time and not acting too quickly and judging too early what was a risky move for them in appointing him in the first place, but time has shown they were right to keep the faith as we are now third in the form table and on a six game unbeaten run.

Joyce clearly is pleased with this and he told the BBC.

‘They’ve seen what a good manager and a good bloke he is to have at the club. He’s adjusted to management fantastically well. He’s been great with us, especially with the run we had at the start of the season. He’s not lost faith with us and he’s kept us positive, even on the back of some disappointing defeats and performances.’

Clearly one of the best things that Beattie has shown is the ability not to overreact in the moment and handle the stress that obviously comes with being the main man at the club making the decisions and for a 35 year old stepping into this role, that’s to be admired and it should stand him very well in the years to come when he really has to hang up his boots and forgo the option of changing things by his own on pitch efforts – something he’s resisted so far as well.

For Joyce, it’s not just praise for the manager he has in the interview, he’s also closing in on 200 appearances since joining the club from Carlisle back in the summer of 2009.

He explains that when he looks back he doubts he could’ve made a better move than ending up with us because whilst times on the pitch may have been hard, he’s loved every minute, especially as he achieved his aim of playing regularly.

200 appearances in 4 years isn’t a bad record to have for a player, and being only 26 years of age it should be the first 200 of many more to come.