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Accrington Stanley 0-0 Stevenage

Matty Pearson
Matty Pearson has featured in all 46 of Accrington's League Two games this season

Accrington Stanley missed out on promotion to the third tier for the first time after being held to a goalless draw by Stevenage.

Bristol Rovers' last-gasp win over Dagenham left John Coleman's side facing the prospect of the play-offs.

Greg Luer curled a shot just over for Boro in a first half of few chances.

Stanley improved after the break, Shay McCartan twice hitting the bar and Matty Pearson also looping a header onto the woodwork.

Accrington boss Coleman had said that winning promotion would be a greater achievement than Leicester's Premier League triumph, but they will now have to go through the play-offs if they are to reach League One.

The hosts knew before the game that a win would guarantee their place in the third tier of English football regardless of results elsewhere, and they hit the woodwork three times in a much-improved second-half performance.

McCartan struck the crossbar with an effort from outside the box, Pearson's header dropped onto the bar shortly after, and McCartan rattled the woodwork again late on.

Stanley were unable to find the winner despite their second-half dominance, with the result setting up a play-off semi-final against seventh-placed Wimbledon on 14 and 18 May.

Line-ups

Accrington

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Pearson
  • 5Davies
  • 24Hughes
  • 22BuxtonSubstituted forGornellat 83'minutes
  • 7Mingoia
  • 28Conneely
  • 34HallidaySubstituted forBrownat 59'minutes
  • 30Fosu-HenrySubstituted forMcCartanat 73'minutes
  • 8Windass
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 3Winnard
  • 10Gornell
  • 11McConville
  • 17McCartan
  • 18Brown
  • 26Boco
  • 33Mooney

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jones
  • 25Henry
  • 19Wells
  • 27JohnsonBooked at 25minsSubstituted forWilkinsonat 45'minutes
  • 5Franks
  • 22Lee
  • 15TongeBooked at 90mins
  • 32Conlon
  • 11PettSubstituted forMulraneyat 67'minutes
  • 14Marriott
  • 9LuerSubstituted forParrettat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wilkinson
  • 16Day
  • 18Parrett
  • 29Mulraney
  • 33Kennedy
  • 34Gorman
  • 35Kerr
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
4,386

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Stevenage 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Stevenage 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

  5. Post update

    Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Booking

    Michael Tonge (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Michael Tonge (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael Tonge (Stevenage).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Dean Wells.

  12. Post update

    Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Michael Tonge.

  16. Post update

    Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Fraser Franks.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Fraser Franks.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton462912582463699
2Oxford Utd462414884414386
3Bristol Rovers462671377463185
4Accrington462413974482685
5Plymouth462491372462681
6Portsmouth4621151075443178
7Wimbledon4621121364501475
8Leyton Orient461912156061-169
9Cambridge4618141466551168
10Carlisle461716136762567
11Luton46199186361266
12Mansfield461713166153864
13Wycombe461713164544164
14Exeter461713166365-264
15Barnet461711186768-162
16Hartlepool46156254972-2351
17Notts County46149235483-2951
18Stevenage461115205267-1548
19Yeovil461115204359-1648
20Crawley46138254578-3347
21Morecambe461210246991-2246
22Newport461013234364-2143
23Dag & Red46810284681-3534
24York46713265187-3634
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