Accrington's Kayode Odejayi bundled home the only goal of a poor game against Exeter to move the visitors clear of League Two's relegation zone.

Stanley's Adam Buxton had seen a shot deflect just wide before Exeter failed to clear Lee Molyneux's corner.

Odejayi poked home from the resulting scramble in the six-yard area.

Exeter improved in the second half but failed to test visiting goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli until Liam Sercombe's 90th-minute free-kick, which was saved.

The result leaves the Grecians seven points clear of 23rd-placed Northampton while Stanley move up to 14th.

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The players will surprise a lot of people but they don't surprise me. They never know when to lie down and they're a tremendous bunch. It makes me very proud to be their manager.

"Kayode does some excellent work outside the box and he's got to get himself in between the sticks.

"It's not a pretty goal but it's one that's secured us three points."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Butterfield
  • 03 Woodman
  • 35 Gill (Grimes - 60' )
  • 06 Coles
  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 04 Bennett
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 14 Richards
  • 08 Oakley (Parkin - 68' )
  • 20 Nichols (O'Flynn - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Baldwin
  • 11 Davies
  • 19 O'Flynn
  • 25 Parkin
  • 29 Grimes
  • 30 Pym
  • 32 Wheeler

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 16 Hunt
  • 23 Buxton (Liddle - 45' )
  • 04 Joyce
  • 06 Winnard
  • 05 Aldred
  • 10 Hatfield (Mingoia - 54' )
  • 02 Murphy
  • 17 Gray
  • 24 Odejayi (Windass - 84' )
  • 13 Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 03 Liddle
  • 09 Webber
  • 11 Naismith
  • 15 Mingoia
  • 20 Windass
  • 25 Atkinson
  • 44 Bowerman
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 3,354

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

2 3

Corners

4 4

Fouls

7 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Exeter City 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

90:00 +3:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

90:00 +1:52

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

90:00 +1:52

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:42

Foul by Eliot Richards (Exeter City).

90:00 +0:42

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:39

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

88:43

Sam Parkin (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:43

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

87:30

Attempt saved. Sam Parkin (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

85:44

Attempt blocked. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:11

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Kayode Odejayi because of an injury.

79:09

Attempt missed. Sam Parkin (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

77:48

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

71:48

Attempt missed. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

71:08

Foul by Sam Parkin (Exeter City).

71:08

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. John O'Flynn replaces Tom Nichols.

67:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Sam Parkin replaces Matt Oakley.

59:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Grimes replaces Matthew Gill.

57:53

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

57:32

Attempt blocked. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:02

Attempt missed. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Piero Mingoia replaces Will Hatfield.

52:18

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

46:52

Attempt missed. Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

46:00

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Michael Liddle.

45:00

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Michael Liddle replaces Adam Buxton.

45:00 +1:38 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Exeter City 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

45:00 +0:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Exeter City 0, Accrington Stanley 1. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Molyneux.

44:41

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

43:47

Attempt saved. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:43

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

33:44

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

33:44

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:34

Hand ball by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

30:55

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

28:49

Matthew Gill (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:49

Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

25:25

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

25:16

Attempt blocked. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:40

Attempt saved. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

21:10

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

18:37

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:37

Foul by Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley).

16:47

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

16:47

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:46

Attempt missed. Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

14:14

Foul by Matthew Gill (Exeter City).

14:14

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:34

Danny Butterfield (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:34

Foul by Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley).

8:00

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:57

Foul by Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley).

7:25

Attempt blocked. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

5:45

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

1:11

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

1:11

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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