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Accrington Stanley 1-1 Cheltenham Town

Substitute Shay McCartan's second-half strike for Accrington denied visitors Cheltenham a first win in eight games.

Russell Milton's side took the lead via a short corner when Wes Burns looped a header into the centre of the net, over on-rushing goalkeeper Scott Davies.

McCartan, who replaced Seamus Conneely, levelled for Accrington after a swift counter-attack on the hour mark.

Stanley had chances to win the game but Josh Windass fired wide and was later denied by goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Cheltenham, who announced on Monday that caretaker boss Milton and his assistant Steve Elliot will take charge until May following the departure of Paul Buckle, remain in the bottom two but are now level on points with 22nd-placed Tranmere, who host Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Cheltenham Town boss Russell Milton told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Milton on Accrington v Cheltenham

"I'm disappointed, but proud for going ahead and they scored after our best spell in the second half.

"Overall I'm really pleased with the boys, the effort and desire was first class, it's 100% better than it was a couple of weeks ago.

"It's a step in the right direction, we've stopped the rot, we go on from here - simple as that - and we will."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 30Davies
  • 16HuntSubstituted forNaismithat 43'minutes
  • 28ConneelyBooked at 33minsSubstituted forMcCartanat 56'minutes
  • 25Atkinson
  • 6Winnard
  • 4Joyce
  • 24Proctor
  • 15Mingoia
  • 8Windass
  • 21BrunaSubstituted forMaguireat 82'minutes
  • 10Gornell

Substitutes

  • 3Liddle
  • 7McCartan
  • 11Naismith
  • 19Maguire
  • 22Dawber
  • 23Barry
  • 44Bowerman

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 2Vaughan
  • 4Taylor
  • 5BrownBooked at 64mins
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 10BurnsSubstituted forBerryat 90+2'minutes
  • 16HanksSubstituted forFerdinandat 82'minutes
  • 8Richards
  • 20Wynter
  • 18Richards
  • 9JohnstoneSubstituted forKotwicaat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ferdinand
  • 15Deaman
  • 17Kotwica
  • 21Williams
  • 25Berry
  • 30Reynolds
  • 39Manset
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
1,216

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home10
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Sean Maguire replaces Gerardo Bruna.

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Attempt missed. Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Kal Naismith.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Durrell Berry replaces Wes Burns.

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley).

Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Eliot Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Kane Ferdinand replaces Joe Hanks.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zack Kotwica replaces Denny Johnstone.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Robert Atkinson.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Lee Vaughan.

Foul by Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley).

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley).

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Shay McCartan replaces Seamus Conneely.

Foul by Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley).

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Taylor (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Seamus Conneely.

Attempt missed. Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Andrew Proctor (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Wynter (Cheltenham Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 0, Cheltenham Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Cheltenham Town 1.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Piero Mingoia.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces Nicky Hunt because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury31187645202561
2Burton31187643271661
3Wycombe311511542251756
4Luton311510637241355
5Southend3115973426854
6Newport3114893937250
7Plymouth311471037221549
8Bury31147104235749
9Stevenage31136124239345
10Exeter321110114245-343
11Northampton31125144842641
12Morecambe31118123332141
13Wimbledon30118114040041
14Accrington31124154051-1140
15Cambridge30107134438637
16Portsmouth30910113033-337
17Dag & Red31107143541-637
18Mansfield3198142638-1235
19Oxford Utd31810133340-734
20Carlisle31103183853-1533
21York31614113137-632
22Tranmere30710133037-731
23Cheltenham32710152848-2031
24Hartlepool3166192453-2924
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