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Mixed emotions for Beattie

Accrington boss James Beattie was left to reflect on mixed emotions after his side's dramatic 3-3 draw at home to Newport.

Lee Minshull fired home an injury-time equaliser to rescue a point for County at relegation-threatened Stanley, who had looked set to claim all three thanks to Peter Murphy's 88th-minute effort.

"We are all disappointed but it shows how far we have come in that we lost 4-1 at Newport on the opening day of the season, and we are now disappointed with a draw against them," said Beattie. "And I think there is more to come from us.

"We have looked magnificent going forward and you can't knock our spirit or effort but we have got to cut out the little mistakes as little mistakes lead to one big one - which meant for us a draw instead of a win.

"It's a bitter pill to swallow but we have got to pick out the positives - we finish matches strongly, our team spirit is second to none and that is why I love them.

"But we need to establish how we allowed Newport to get back into it with just minutes to play - I believe we will iron it out, though."

It had all started so well for Newport as they took the lead from a disputed free-kick after 11 minutes courtesy of Robbie Willmott.

Murphy and Kal Naismith turned the game around to hand Accrington a half-time lead before Ryan Burge levelled in the 71st minute.

A late Lawrie Wilson corner found the head of Murphy at the far post for his second of the game in the 88th minute to put Stanley into the lead, but there was more drama to come when Minshull stuck out his foot eight yards out to convert Willmott's cross.