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The Factfile: Accrington Stanley

28 February 2014

All you need to know about Saturday's opponents

LAST RESULT: Portsmouth 1-0 Accrington Stanley, Sky Bet League 2, Tuesday 25th February

FORM (LAST TEN GAMES): Won: 3, Drawn: 4, Lost: 3

Sitting in 22nd place, it would be easy to suggest that Stanley are in a relegation dogfight, but the bottom half of League Two is incredibly tight, with only three points separating Accrington in 22nd and York in the relative mid-table obscurity of 12th. 

Defeat at Portsmouth in midweek was their third defeat in ten games, but boss James Beattie will be confident of his side picking up enough points to avoid the drop.

THE GAFFER - JAMES BEATTIE

Spending 15 years at the top level of British football, James Beattie is one of the most recognisable names in League Two. 

Joining Accrington in November 2012 as player-coach, he scored six times in 27 appearances before making the step-up to manager in May 2013 once Leam Richardson departed for Chesterfield.

Starting his career at Blackburn Rovers, playing four times, Beattie went on to play over 200 times for Southampton, including the 2003 FA Cup Final, which they lost 1-0 to Arsenal.

Moving back north to Everton in 2005 for £6million, Beattie struggled at Goodison Park and moved to Sheffield United in 2007 for £4million. In his time with the Blades he scored 34 goals in 65 games and moved on to play for Stoke City, Rangers and Blackpool before returning to Bramall Lane, and then moving to Accrington in 2012.

Throughout his career, Beattie has been transferred for a total of £14.5million.

HEAD TO HEAD:
Burton Albion wins: 5
Draws: 5
Accrington Stanley wins: 8

LAST TIME WE MET:
Saturday 31st August 2013, Sky Bet League 2, The Crown Ground
Accrington Stanley 0-1 Burton Albion

It was late drama at the Crown Ground as Adam Reed's winner deep into stoppage time ensured the Albion's unbeaten start to the season would continue into September.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until Reed dramatically finished from Damien McCrory's cross in the eighth minute of added time in a tight affair.

The result took Burton into third, whilst defeat rooted Accrington to the bottom of the table at that early stage of the season.

ONE TO WATCH - TOM ALDRED

Holding together the Accrington defence at the age of only 23, Tom Aldred is in line to make his 49th consecutive Stanley appearance when they travel to the Pirelli Stadium.

Beginning his career at Carlisle, he then moved on to Watford in 2010 but failed to make a first-team appearance. His spell with the Hornets included loan stints with Stockport County and Inverness CT north of the border.

Aldred left Vicarage Road in 2011 to join Colchester United where, again, he couldn't make a first-team appearance. Following a spell in non-league with Barrow, Aldred joined Accrington in January 2013 and has been ever present in this season's line-up.

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