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Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Accrington Stanley

A superb second-half strike from skipper Seamus Conneely earned Accrington a 1-0 win and kept Forest Green rooted to the bottom of League Two.

Conneely's first goal of the season cannoned in off a post in the 61st minute to keep John Coleman's side in the top three and make it just one win in 11 games for Mark Cooper's Rovers.

Forest Green started the match on the front foot against a Stanley side hamstrung by the injury absence of leading scorer Kayden Jackson.

Rovers started brightly, moving the ball with confidence. Omar Bugiel was inches away from giving his side an early lead, but excellent defending from Jordan Thorniley nullified his intent.

Stanley were pinned backed, but broke from the home side's shackles to see Farrend Rawson's header comfortably dealt with by Sam Russell and then Jonny Edwards lashed an effort wide.

They were stung when Conneely fizzed in from the edge of the box, but Rovers almost snatched an 81st-minute equaliser - Drissa Traore smashing a strike against the crossbar.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 23Russell
  • 2Bennett
  • 21Roberts
  • 5Collins
  • 17WishartSubstituted forLairdat 70'minutes
  • 34Osbourne
  • 15Cooper
  • 4Traoré
  • 10BrownSubstituted forStevensat 73'minutes
  • 11BugielSubstituted forJamesat 61'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 1Collins
  • 3Laird
  • 14Mullings
  • 16Fitzwater
  • 19Randall-Hurren
  • 33James
  • 35Stevens

Accrington

  • 1Chapman
  • 4Donacien
  • 27Rawson
  • 3Hughes
  • 12ThornileyBooked at 70mins
  • 7Clark
  • 28Conneely
  • 6Nolan
  • 11McConville
  • 9EdwardsSubstituted forBrownat 50'minutes
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 8Brown
  • 13Wolland
  • 14Leacock-McLeod
  • 17Sousa
  • 19Wilks
  • 26Johnson
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
2,594

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Foul by Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Foul by Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers).

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers).

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

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

Foul by Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Attempt saved. Luke James (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Farrend Rawson (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers).

Liam Nolan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jordan Stevens replaces Reece Brown.

Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the right is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Scott Laird replaces Daniel Wishart.

Booking

Jordan Thorniley (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke James (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Thorniley (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Daniel Wishart (Forest Green Rovers).

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke James replaces Omar Bugiel.

Foul by Daniel Wishart (Forest Green Rovers).

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Accrington Stanley 1. Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Daniel Wishart.

Foul by Omar Bugiel (Forest Green Rovers).

Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Scott Brown replaces Jonathan Edwards.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Notts County1181221111025
2Exeter118122012825
3Accrington117222113823
4Coventry11713146822
5Luton1163221101121
6Stevenage116321912721
7Wycombe116322217521
8Mansfield115421813519
9Swindon116141614219
10Newport115331512318
11Lincoln City114431312116
12Cambridge115151111016
13Cheltenham114251413114
14Carlisle114251516-114
15Grimsby114251418-414
16Colchester113351618-212
17Yeovil113351724-712
18Barnet113261516-111
19Crewe113261218-611
20Crawley113171114-310
21Morecambe112451016-610
22Port Vale11128817-95
23Chesterfield11128923-145
24Forest Green111281026-165
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