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Stanley earn Beattie praise

Accrington manager James Beattie was proud of his players after their 2-1 victory at Cheltenham.

Stanley ended a four-match winless run to edge clear of the relegation zone in League Two with first-half goals from George Bowerman and Luke Joyce, before Jamie Cureton pulled one back for the Robins after the break.

"It was reminiscent of our Scunthorpe performance (a 2-0 win) and we got off to a good start this week, which is very pleasing," Beattie said.

"I heard Mark Yates (Cheltenham boss) talking about their start and I feel for him because that's the way we've been starting games, but it was different this time.

"We were winning headers, winning second balls and winning individual battles. When you are on top in games, as we have said many times this season, you need to score and we did.

"George finished his off well and then Joycie has scored, which is a rarity but he is more than happy with it.

"My two central midfielders communicated well and it was a great away performance.

"We knew we had to quieten the crowd down and we knew they'd come out in the second half and have a go and the next goal would be vital.

"They scored it and we had to dig in even more. They bombarded our box and we had to rejig our formation. The lads stood strong and I am very proud of them."