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Accrington Stanley 0-1 Fleetwood Town

Harry Souttar scored his first EFL goal to keep Fleetwood's faint League One play-off hopes alive with a win at struggling Accrington.

On-loan Stoke defender Souttar powered home a header from a Ross Wallace cross in the 50th minute to make it back-to-back wins for Joey Barton's men.

Fleetwood were on top in the early stages, goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov rushing out to deny Ched Evans while Jack Sowerby headed over when unmarked after 15 minutes.

Stanley's top scorer Billy Kee did have the ball in the net in the 31st minute but he was adjudged to have pushed Fleetwood defender Lewie Coyle.

Accrington came more into it towards the end of the first half, Ross Sykes heading into the arms of Alex Cairns and Sean McConville clearing the crossbar with another headed chance.

Fleetwood started the second half the stronger and were rewarded with the goal.

Stanley, just outside the drop zone, were unlucky not to draw level, with McConville curling an effort just wide and the winger then volleying over at the far post.

It was end-to-end as Paul Smyth fired inches over for Stanley and Evtimov denied Ashley Nadesan a Fleetwood second.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 30Evtimov
  • 18RodgersSubstituted forJohnsonat 83'minutes
  • 3Hughes
  • 15Sykes
  • 4DonacienBooked at 28mins
  • 39ArmstrongSubstituted forEsteves Sousaat 73'minutes
  • 14Finley
  • 28ConneelySubstituted forBarlaserat 77'minutes
  • 11McConvilleBooked at 80mins
  • 38Smyth
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 1Maxted
  • 2Johnson
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 8Brown
  • 10Simmonds
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 26Barlaser

Fleetwood

  • 1Cairns
  • 2Coyle
  • 12Souttar
  • 26Husband
  • 23WallaceSubstituted forNadesanat 69'minutes
  • 7Burns
  • 4HoltSubstituted forSheronat 14'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 28Sowerby
  • 17Madden
  • 9EvansBooked at 89mins
  • 35RydelBooked at 30minsSubstituted forEasthamat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Clarke
  • 5Eastham
  • 16Jones
  • 22Hunter
  • 24Nadesan
  • 27Biggins
  • 29Sheron
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
2,485

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Fleetwood Town 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley).

James Husband (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley).

Ashley Nadesan (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Callum Johnson.

Foul by Érico Sousa (Accrington Stanley).

Jack Sowerby (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Callum Johnson replaces Harvey Rodgers.

Paul Smyth (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Husband (Fleetwood Town).

Booking

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ashley Nadesan.

Attempt missed. Ashley Nadesan (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ashley Nadesan (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Paul Smyth (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Daniel Barlaser replaces Seamus Conneely.

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

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

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town).

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

Foul by Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Érico Sousa replaces Luke Armstrong.

Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Sowerby (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ashley Nadesan replaces Ross Wallace.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Nathan Sheron (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt saved. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Harry Souttar (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley).

Harry Souttar (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton402511478324686
2Barnsley402213567303779
3Portsmouth392111768412774
4Sunderland371916264343073
5Charlton392010956371970
6Doncaster4017121168521663
7Peterborough391610136054658
8Blackpool401415114543257
9Coventry40169154545057
10Fleetwood391510145041955
11Burton391411145346753
12Oxford Utd401213154755-849
13Gillingham40139185464-1048
14Plymouth401211175163-1247
15Shrewsbury401113164452-846
16Bristol Rovers401112174145-445
17Wycombe391111174860-1244
18Accrington381111164055-1544
19Scunthorpe40128204869-2144
20Southend40126224759-1242
21Walsall40119204364-2142
22Wimbledon40126223658-2242
23Rochdale39119194877-2942
24Bradford40106244368-2536
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