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Stanley 2-2 Oxford United

Stanley twice come from behind to clinch a point at home to Oxfo

5 October 2019

Accrington Stanley twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at home to Oxford United, with Jordan Clark and Offrande Zanzala both grabbing second half goals for John Coleman’s side.

Both teams started the game well, but the first real chance came for the visitors as the ball broke free just outside the box, but Jerome Opoku timed his challenge perfectly to clear the danger.

The game’s opening goal came just before the half hour mark when former Stanley player Tariqe Fosu took the ball past multiple defenders before firing a shot past Evtimov and into the bottom corner.

Temperatures boiled over just before the break as Opoku had his shirt pulled by James Henry, with both players and Jamie Mackie receiving yellow cards.

After the break Zanzala came on for Dion Charles and the striker instantly started to cause the Oxford defenders problems.

The first equaliser came just before the hour mark as Joe Pritchard’s free-kick was met by Ross Sykes, with the ball then coming to Clark to nod the ball across the line.

Stanley almost turned the game around completely as Sam Finley saw his effort crash back off the post, with the visitors retaking the lead on 70 minutes as Cameron Brannagan fired an effort past Evtimov from outside the penalty area.

However, three minutes later substitute Zanzala produced a brilliant finish on the turn to fire an effort low into the bottom corner.

Stanley midfielder Pritchard must have thought he’d won it for the Reds when he fired a fierce shot at goal but Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood saved the shot well.

The Reds are now four games unbeaten with the next game being an away trip to Oldham Athletic in the Trophy on Tuesday 8th October, 7.45pm kick-off.


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