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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:

"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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

  1. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Sean Maguire replaces Gerardo Bruna.

  2. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

  3. Full Time

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Kal Naismith.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Durrell Berry replaces Wes Burns.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Kane Ferdinand replaces Joe Hanks.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zack Kotwica replaces Denny Johnstone.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Robert Atkinson.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Lee Vaughan.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley).

  20. Post update

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

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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