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Fleetwood Town 2-0 Accrington Stanley

Ched Evans celebrated his return to Fleetwood colours by scoring from the penalty spot to seal a win over 10-man Accrington Stanley.

Evans was making his first appearance since rejoining Town on a permanent basis from Sheffield United earlier this month.

The 30-year-old enjoyed an 18-goal loan spell at Highbury last term but he has had to wait for a chance to feature this season.

The striker has been building up his fitness but came off the bench to seal the points against Stanley.

It was another Fleetwood striker who stole the show in the first half, though, with Paddy Madden the hero at both ends in the opening 45 minutes.

He was on defensive duties as he just hooked Mark Hughes' header off the line before he gave the hosts a 28th-minute lead.

Danny Andrew's cross to the left eventually fell to the feet of Wes Burns on the right. He fed Lewie Coyle on the overlap and the Leeds loanee fizzed the ball into the box with Madden needing just one touch to beat Dimitar Evtimov.

Town goalkeeper Matt Gilks was on hand to tip over a Colby Bishop header after Harry Souttar somehow managed to get a toe to the ball and stop Sam Finley sprinting through on goal.

But Town would get that all-important second goal after the introduction of Evans.

The Wales international slid the ball towards Josh Morris on the penalty spot and he tumbled under pressure from both Zaine Francis-Angol and Seamus Conneely.

Referee Peter Wright pointed to the spot and Evans stepped up to smash the ball home in the 71st minute.

To make matters worse for Accrington, within four minutes they were down to 10 men. Sean McConville appeared to hit Evans' face and he was shown a straight red card.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 13Gilks
  • 2Coyle
  • 4Clarke
  • 6Souttar
  • 3AndrewBooked at 90mins
  • 15Coutts
  • 16Rossiter
  • 11Morris
  • 7BurnsBooked at 75minsSubstituted forWallaceat 84'minutes
  • 17MaddenSubstituted forEvansat 63'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 22HunterSubstituted forBigginsat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cairns
  • 5Eastham
  • 8Dempsey
  • 9Evans
  • 23Wallace
  • 27Biggins
  • 29Sheron

Accrington

  • 1Evtimov
  • 2Johnson
  • 5Sykes
  • 3Hughes
  • 14Francis-AngolSubstituted forPritchardat 78'minutes
  • 7Clark
  • 8Finley
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConvilleBooked at 74mins
  • 32CharlesSubstituted forZanzalaat 58'minutes
  • 19Bishop

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 6Sherif
  • 9Zanzala
  • 10Pritchard
  • 12Maguire
  • 16Barclay
  • 30Bursik
Referee:
Peter Wright
Attendance:
2,802

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Booking

Danny Andrew (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Andrew (Fleetwood Town).

Joe Pritchard (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Clarke (Fleetwood Town).

Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town).

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Lewie Coyle.

Offside, Accrington Stanley. Ross Sykes tries a through ball, but Offrande Zanzala is caught offside.

Offside, Accrington Stanley. Mark Hughes tries a through ball, but Colby Bishop is caught offside.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Fleetwood Town).

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ross Wallace replaces Wes Burns.

Hand ball by Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wes Burns.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jordan Rossiter.

Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Danny Andrew (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Joe Pritchard replaces Zaine Francis-Angol.

Harrison Biggins (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley).

Booking

Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

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

Dismissal

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Fleetwood Town).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, Accrington Stanley 0. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Fleetwood Town. Josh Morris draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Zaine Francis-Angol (Accrington Stanley) after a foul in the penalty area.

Hand ball by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Peter Clarke (Fleetwood Town).

Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harrison Biggins.

Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ched Evans replaces Paddy Madden.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich5320114711
2Blackpool532094511
3Wycombe5320106411
4Sunderland532095411
5Coventry532073411
6Fleetwood5311106410
7Lincoln City530210469
8Doncaster42207528
9Shrewsbury52214318
10Peterborough52129637
11Burton52126517
12Bristol Rovers52125507
13Rochdale51315506
14Rotherham32013306
15MK Dons420258-36
16Portsmouth41126604
17Oxford Utd5113610-44
18Tranmere41037703
19Gillingham402246-22
20Wimbledon5014510-51
21Accrington401338-51
22Southend5005414-100
23Bolton4013012-12-11
24Bury0000000-12
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