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Accrington Stanley 1-0 Crawley Town

Shay McCartan scored his 11th goal of the season to keep Accrington's League Two play-off hopes alive victory over Crawley.

The forward dinked home three minutes into the second half as 11th-placed Stanley extended their unbeaten run to 15 games to keep in touch with the top seven.

Crawley's 20-goal top-scorer James Collins had a third-minute chance when he pounced on a defensive error but he fired wide.

Stanley grew into the game with goalkeeper Glenn Morris denying Matty Pearson at the near post.

In-form McCartan then claimed the winner, riding the challenge of Morris and finding the net for his sixth goal in seven games following a pass from Sean McConville.

Accrington could have made the scoreline more convincing but a free header from Omar Beckles was easy for Morris.

Josh Payne almost equalised when his curling effort was repelled by Stanley keeper Marek Rodak 10 minutes from time, before Collins blasted over from the rebound.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 12Rodak
  • 32Rodgers
  • 5Beckles
  • 3HughesBooked at 40mins
  • 30Donacien
  • 7Clark
  • 28Conneely
  • 2Pearson
  • 11McConville
  • 10McCartan
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 8Brown
  • 9Gornell
  • 14Boco
  • 16Husin
  • 19Shaw
  • 20Chapman
  • 24Edwards

Crawley

  • 12Morris
  • 2Young
  • 22McNerneyBooked at 53mins
  • 6Connolly
  • 14Blackman
  • 24DjalóSubstituted forB Cliffordat 63'minutes
  • 4Payne
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 8SmithSubstituted forMurphyat 83'minutes
  • 28CoxSubstituted forRobertsat 62'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 11Roberts
  • 13Mersin
  • 16Garnett
  • 17Bawling
  • 18B Clifford
  • 25Lelan
  • 39Murphy
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
1,652

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Crawley Town 0.

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

Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town).

Delay in match Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town).

Foul by James Collins (Crawley Town).

Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Rhys Murphy replaces Jimmy Smith.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Josh Payne.

Attempt saved. Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

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

Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Josh Payne (Crawley Town).

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

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Billy Clifford replaces Kaby.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jordan Roberts replaces Dean Cox.

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Dean Cox (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

Dean Cox (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Booking

Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster432510882483485
2Plymouth432571168442482
3Portsmouth432391170383278
4Luton431717961402168
5Stevenage43206176658866
6Exeter431981667511665
7Blackpool4316161163441964
8Carlisle431616116162-164
9Cambridge43189165547863
10Colchester431711156256662
11Accrington431614135551462
12Mansfield431614135147462
13Wycombe431711155451362
14Grimsby431610175357-458
15Notts County43158205172-2153
16Barnet431215165159-851
17Morecambe43149205066-1651
18Yeovil431116164657-1149
19Crewe431213185064-1449
20Crawley431310204864-1649
21Cheltenham431114184760-1347
22Hartlepool431013205271-1943
23Newport431012214770-2342
24Leyton Orient43106274578-3336
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