Football - Beattie states case for defence

Accrington boss James Beattie was left to rue his side's defensive deficiencies following a 4-1 defeat to newly-promoted Newport on the opening day of the Sky Bet League Two season.

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A brace from Chris Zebroski and goals from Harry Worley and Christian Jolley handed the Exiles a dream start to life back in the Football League after a 25-year absence.

Danny Webber scored a consolation goal for Stanley on Beattie's managerial debut at the Lancashire outfit, but that failed to stop the party mood in Wales following Newport's first game back in the top four divisions since they faced Rochdale in May 1988.

Beattie said: "We are disappointed with the result and not to get off to a good start, but we didn't deal with the balls into our box.

"We said they weren't going to score with the flick on, it was the second ball we needed to win. We didn't do that twice in either half. We knew what was going to happen because we'd watched videos, but we didn't deal with it.

"Newport created four chances and took them. They are good at what they do. The scoreline is what it is.

"The lads are devastated but our defensive performance wasn't good enough.

"On a positive note, I thought we played well in patches and some of the football was a joy to watch.

"I'm delighted Danny Webber got his goal and on another day he could have had a hat-trick - hopefully that is to come.

"The good thing about football is we have a chance to put things right pretty quickly."

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