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Stanley boss lauds Beattie

Accrington manager Leam Richardson expressed his delight with James Beattie's influence after the 3-1 victory at Fleetwood.

Beattie, in his first start for Stanley, put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after nine minutes.

Goals from George Miller and Romuald Boco wrapped up the points for Richardson's men before Jamie McGuire grabbed a consolation for the hosts.

Richardson said: "There was never any doubt over who was going to take the penalty. It was always going to be James Beattie and he took it really well.

"He's been a big player for us, he brings quality and pedigree to the football club. He could easily have had three or four goals.

"It was a thoroughly deserved win and it was a great performance."