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Accrington Stanley 2-2 Stevenage

Chris Beardsley
Chris Beardsley's goal was his fourth of the campaign

Chris Beardsley rescued a point for play-off chasers Stevenage in the final minute against 10-man Accrington.

Nicky Hunt was dismissed in the first minute for Accrington before the home side went ahead through Sean Maguire.

Stevenage equalised when Simon Walton converted from the spot after Lloyd Jones handled in the area.

Maguire fired in his second to give Stanley the lead again, but it was heartbreak for Accrington as Beardsley hooked in to level late on.

Accrington sit in 17th, with their place in League Two safe with only two games remaining.

Stevenage are in sixth position, and look likely for a play-off place as eighth-placed Luton are four points behind.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Westley on Accrington v Stevenage

"I think our front six were better than their back six. I think their front three were better than our back four, which was a disappointment. It's a team game, it's a team performance. Everyone takes their responsibility.

"We know that teams with 10 can often react by producing steely, determined, gritty performances. It was an afternoon where they played very well with 10 men. We struggled, we persevered and we showed determination.

"Our focus won't change, our focus will just be on ourselves. We've got to keep winning points and keep winning games to push ourselves into the promotion situation.

"You get nothing for nothing in football. We didn't do enough to win the three today, we did do enough to get one."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 30Davies
  • 16HuntBooked at 2mins
  • 5JonesBooked at 19mins
  • 25Atkinson
  • 6Winnard
  • 15Mingoia
  • 28ConneelyBooked at 85mins
  • 4Joyce
  • 2BuxtonSubstituted forLiddleat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Windass
  • 19MaguireBooked at 68minsSubstituted forGornellat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Liddle
  • 7McCartan
  • 10Gornell
  • 11Naismith
  • 18Gilchrist
  • 23Barry
  • 26Warner

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 6BondSubstituted forConlonat 63'minutes
  • 19Wells
  • 3Dembele
  • 23Okimo
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forAndradeat 45'minutes
  • 8WaltonSubstituted forJebbat 78'minutes
  • 18Parrett
  • 11Pett
  • 22Lee
  • 20Beardsley

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 4Worley
  • 5Ashton
  • 32Conlon
  • 35Millard
  • 36Andrade
  • 46Jebb
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
1,351

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Stevenage 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Stevenage 2.

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

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Michael Liddle replaces Adam Buxton.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Stevenage 2. Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bira Dembélé.

Attempt saved. Tom Conlon (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Bira Dembélé (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Seamus Conneely.

Attempt blocked. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Tom Conlon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley).

Bira Dembélé (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jerome Okimo (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Jebb replaces Simon Walton.

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Conlon (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Dean Wells (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Terry Gornell replaces Sean Maguire.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

Booking

Sean Maguire (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

Simon Walton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Piero Mingoia.

Attempt saved. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Andy Bond.

Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simon Walton (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton442610863362788
2Shrewsbury442681066293786
3Wycombe442215764422281
4Bury432471257391879
5Southend432212951351678
6Stevenage441912136152969
7Plymouth4418111550351565
8Luton441811155243965
9Newport441711164953-462
10Northampton44187196456861
11Exeter441613155862-461
12Morecambe441512174951-257
13Wimbledon441415155357-457
14Dag & Red44168205357-456
15Oxford Utd441316154749-255
16Portsmouth441314174952-353
17Accrington441411195672-1653
18Cambridge441312195961-251
19York441118154548-351
20Carlisle44147235370-1749
21Mansfield44139223658-2248
22Hartlepool44118253466-3241
23Cheltenham44913223965-2640
24Tranmere44912234363-2039
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