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Fleetwood 1 Stanley 1

15 September 2018

Club News

Fleetwood 1 Stanley 1

15 September 2018

Stanley continue to be comeback kings as Sean McConville's 69th minute goal secured a point at Fleetwood.

Stanley have come from behind six times in the league this season - out of eights games - to secure at least a point as they chalked up their fourth 1-1 draw in a row.

And they could have secured a win at Highbury with Newcastle loanee Daniel Barlasser's goalbound effort turned around for a corner with 13 minutes to play.

John Coleman's side could count themselves unlucky to be behind at the break as they created more of the chances in the first half.

Callum Johnson put a great ball into the box on seven minutes but no one could grab a final touch while Sam Finley's shot at the far post was cleared for a corner and Jordan Clark fired wide.

Connor Ripley's first save came on 19 minutes when Chris Long raced through but the keeper denied him from close range.

Stanley still looked the more dangerous side with Billy Kee's deflected effort collected by Alex Cairns while the stopper kept out Clark's powerful strike.

However it was Fleetwood who opened the scoring on 37 minutes when a Dean Marney free kick from the left was headed home by Cian Bolger.

Stanley looked for an immediate reply through Kee's overhead kick but the striker couldn't find the target while Michael Ihiekwe headed wide in injury-time.

Coleman's side started the second half off well with Scott Brown shooting into the arms of Cairns and Clark firing just wide.

However Fleetwood almost got a second on 50 minutes when Stanley failed to clear their lines and Ashley Hunter raced through and forced a strong save out of Ripley.

Stanley then had two great chances to equalise with Finley bursting into the area on the hour mark  but Cairns denied him with his legs.

And McConville came close to levelling on 65 minutes, the winger forcing another strong save out of Cairns.

In between, Coleman made a double substitution with Offrande Zanzala and midfielder Barlasser introduced for Brown and Seamus Conneely.

And the goal came on 69 minutes from a Nick Anderton long throw as McConville shrugged off his marker and fired home the equaliser for his third of the season.

Barlasser was then denied by Cairns, while Fleetwood's James Wallace sent a thumping header over the bar and Long came close with a minute of normal time left as the spoils were shared.

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