Date: 8th October 2013 at 7:30pm
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Manager James Beattie has admitted that Accrington Stanley are in a very serious situation following our defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge, but he still retains faith that we can turn it around.

Ahead of the game against Dagenham the manager had talked about Accrington needing to ‘fix bayonets and put on our tin hats’ in order to pull out results now as we are fixed to the bottom of League Two with only two points on the board, but unfortunately now six points adrift of the nearest team to us above.

There have been positives for the manager to take but they are yet to turn into positive results or a performance where everything has clicked for him on the pitch yet, and Dagenham was sadly no different, even though we did help goal difference somewhat with Gray’s injury time consolation.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph following the game, the manager said that the players need to start to believe in themselves as much as he does and he then feels results will turn, but we just have to keep going and keep giving our all on the pitch.

‘We’re in a situation where we’ve got two points out of the game that we’ve played. It’s a serious situation and everybody knows that. But it’s what happens in that dressing room and what happens during the week, how the players conduct themselves and perform on the pitch, that’s the only thing that is going to change it.’

Beattie admitted that the players were very disappointed following the Dagenham game as they believed they should’ve had something out of it, especially following Shay McCartan’s chance, as if that had gone in, the game would’ve changed in our favour they think.

We just need to desperately get that lead in a game and defend it until half time so the confidence boost can kick in from that. Only a few days, and they get another chance to put it right.