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Exeter City 0-2 Accrington Stanley

Accrington put a dent in the League Two promotion hopes of Exeter with a richly-deserved win.

The visitors almost went in front in the ninth minute but Shay McCartan was denied by a brilliant one-handed stop from Bobby Olejnik.

However, Olejnik was beaten three minutes later when McCartan fired home a brilliant free-kick.

Exeter were disappointing in the first half - David Wheeler missing their best chance with a downward header which was tipped over the bar.

In the second half McCartan was foiled again by another smart stop from Olejnik, but from the resulting corner Matty Pearson headed into an empty net as the goalkeeper went walkabouts.

Ollie Watkins fired a free-kick wide and Joel Grant also failed to hit the target as Exeter tried to find a way back into the contest, but Accrington held firm to claim a well-deserved win.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31SweeneyBooked at 10mins
  • 29CrollSubstituted forStaceyat 60'minutes
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3WoodmanSubstituted forMcAlindenat 73'minutes
  • 11Wheeler
  • 4JamesSubstituted forHarleyat 60'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 12Grant
  • 14Watkins
  • 33Reid

Substitutes

  • 6Tillson
  • 7Harley
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Hamon
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown

Accrington

  • 12Rodak
  • 2PearsonBooked at 28mins
  • 32RodgersBooked at 69mins
  • 3Hughes
  • 30Donacien
  • 15ClareSubstituted forClarkat 45'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConvilleSubstituted forBecklesat 73'minutes
  • 10McCartan
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 4Davies
  • 5Beckles
  • 7Clark
  • 9Gornell
  • 16Husin
  • 20Chapman
  • 24Edwards
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
3,897

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Accrington Stanley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Accrington Stanley 2.

Attempt saved. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

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

Attempt missed. Joel Grant (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam McAlinden (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Omar Beckles replaces Sean McConville.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Craig Woodman.

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

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

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 0, Accrington Stanley 2. Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean McConville with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Harley (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley).

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jack Stacey replaces Luke Croll.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Ryan Harley replaces Lloyd James.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Marek Rodak.

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley).

Luke Croll (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster36219668422672
2Plymouth362151056391768
3Portsmouth361881055312462
4Stevenage361841461511058
5Carlisle36151385654258
6Luton351512853332057
7Exeter361661456431354
8Mansfield361313104340352
9Blackpool361215955381751
10Colchester36149135148351
11Wycombe36149134445-151
12Cambridge35148134741650
13Grimsby36148144442250
14Barnet361114114549-447
15Morecambe35137154454-1046
16Crawley36128164356-1344
17Yeovil361013133645-943
18Accrington341011133946-741
19Notts County36117184062-2240
20Cheltenham36912153848-1039
21Crewe36912153854-1639
22Hartlepool36911164761-1438
23Leyton Orient3695224058-1832
24Newport35611183958-1929
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