James Beattie still searching for first win at Accrington Stanleyby Jack Kitson / 08 October 2013, 15:49Tweet
10 games into the new season and James Beattie is still searching for that elusive first win in charge of Accrington Stanley. The former England international was appointed player-manager at the League Two club back in May but has so far endured a testing time in the dugout, with the Reds currently rock-bottom of the Football League with just two points to their name.
In total Stanley have lost a whopping 10 of their 13 league and cup games - including a shocking run of eight defeats in a row - with their only win coming back in early August when they conjured up an impressive 2-1 victory away to Championship side Middlesbrough in the League Cup. Their poor form already leaves the cash-strapped club seven points adrift of safety at this early stage in the season, and in desperate need of a mega boost.
The Lancashire side have struggled to draw in the spectators this season but managed to attract a season high crowd of 1,751 for their match last week against Dagenham & Redbridge. The game was brought forward a day, and titled ‘Fan Friday’, in order to encourage fans from other clubs to get involved and give their support.
The club's Chairman Peter Marsden insists that Stanley's failure to win will not affect the future of Beattie who remains a very popular figure around the Crown Ground. Beattie could in fact take a hands on approach to helping his side conjure up their first win of the season by making an appearance when they travel to 11th placed AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.