Date: 22nd November 2013 at 9:52pm
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Manager James Beattie has called on the squad to make sure they don’t get complacent with our turn of form lately and continue to maintain the standards that led to more positive results for us.

Accrington head into tomorrows game with Torquay United looking to extend our unbeaten run in the league to seven games, and Beattie has told the Official Site that the side simply cannot start to think that they have made it yet, we need to continue in this form and with the effort and desire we are putting in because come the end of the season we don’t want to look back and see that we blew our chance by wasting the strides forward we have now made, and more importantly with so much football left to play, who knows where the club might finish if we can maintain this sort of run and deal with the obvious hiccups that will happen in the coming months.

‘You always look at the teams that would supposedly be around you come the end of the season. Torquay are on this little bit of a bad run but we’ll prepare ourselves the same way as we did when we were playing Middlesbrough and we’ll treat it as any other game. Once you start changing things, that’s when the players get different ideas and when, if they think they’ve cracked it, the wheels will start coming off.’

Good to hear the manager acknowledge that complacency can creep in by him not maintaining his own standards as well. This may be Beattie’s first ever job in the hotseat but he sounds like he’s been around for years really and learned lessons the hard way as a gaffer.

‘Hopefully we can manage it right and we won’t allow that to happen.’

Losses will inevitably happen, performances won’t consistently be fantastic and there will be games where everybody wonders if a number of players have ever played the game before because that’s just the nature of football, but I very much doubt Beattie will be the kind of man who will stand players thinking they have made it ahead of time and costing the team because of it.

Beattie also had praise for Chairman Peter Marsden explaining that he’s always spoke to him on a regular basis this season, and that hasn’t changed since we waited 13 games for a win, even though we now sit third in the form table. He explains that Marsden has always been good with him, kept faith in him and realised the task that he had whilst acknowledging he’d make his own mistakes along the way, so he’s delighted the team are now showing what he thought they were capable of as not only does it vindicate the faith he had in them, but it also vindicates the Chairman’s faith given it was almost everyone and their dog saying that first job or not, our gaffer should be seeking new employment.

‘He kept faith with me when other people were maybe saying different things, but I’ve always believed what we’re doing here, I’ve always believed in the lads.’

James adds that the first step for him was to get the players to believe in themselves, and the job now is to maintain that as talked about above.

‘If they fall below them (the standards) I’ll be onto them, because they know what it feels like to win a game and if they take their foot off the accelerator that’s when they’ll get found out and they’ll start experiencing what we did a few weeks ago, and nobody wants that.’