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Accrington Stanley 2-1 Walsall

A Ross Sykes double boosted Accrington's survival bid and condemned 10-man Walsall to a sixth successive defeat.

Martin O'Connor was overseeing his first game as Saddlers boss following last week's dismissal of Dean Keates, but he could not change their fortunes and they remain second-bottom.

Stanley opened the scoring when a Sean McConville free-kick found the towering defender Sykes who headed past Liam Roberts.

The Reds continued to press, with Jordan Clark firing narrowly wide, and McConville's fierce strike well held by Roberts.

Walsall equalised when Nicky Devlin cut inside and sent in a shot which took a deflection before beating goalkeeper Dimi Evtimov.

Stanley were furious when Billy Kee's powerful headed finish was disallowed for a push.

Sykes got his second following a goalmouth scramble, with Roberts denying him before the 20-year old fired home the rebound.

It got worse for Walsall when Josh Gordon picked up two yellow cards in quick succession and was sent off six minutes from time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 30Evtimov
  • 2Johnson
  • 15Sykes
  • 3Hughes
  • 4DonacienSubstituted forRichards-Evertonat 71'minutes
  • 7Clark
  • 26Barlaser
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 14FinleyBooked at 63mins
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 1Maxted
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 8Brown
  • 9Zanzala
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 38Smyth
  • 39Armstrong

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 35ScarrBooked at 80mins
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3LeahyBooked at 88mins
  • 27FitzwaterSubstituted forOtehat 70'minutes
  • 4Dobson
  • 30OsbourneSubstituted forEdwardsat 77'minutes
  • 15KinsellaBooked at 45mins
  • 9CookBooked at 84mins
  • 29GordonBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 10Ismail
  • 13Dunn
  • 20Johnson
  • 28Norman
  • 34Laird
  • 36Oteh
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
2,662

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Walsall 1.

Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Cook (Walsall).

Hand ball by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ross Sykes.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Booking

Luke Leahy (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Booking

Andy Cook (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Josh Gordon (Walsall) for a bad foul.

Ben Richards-Everton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Booking

Josh Gordon (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

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

Booking

Dan Scarr (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Joe Edwards replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box.

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Ben Richards-Everton replaces Janoi Donacien because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Aramide Oteh replaces Jack Fitzwater.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Walsall 1. Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

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

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Andy Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley422313672353782
3Sunderland412117374413380
4Portsmouth412311775443180
5Charlton422310962382479
6Doncaster4219121171521969
7Peterborough411810136354964
8Coventry421710155049161
9Burton4216121460481260
10Blackpool421416124746158
11Fleetwood411511155447756
12Oxford Utd421314155056-653
13Shrewsbury421214164753-650
14Bristol Rovers421213174447-349
15Gillingham42139205468-1448
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Wycombe421211195264-1247
18Plymouth421211195167-1647
19Scunthorpe42129214973-2445
20Rochdale42129215183-3245
21Wimbledon42128223759-2244
22Southend42127234963-1443
23Walsall42119224569-2442
24Bradford42106264572-2736
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