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Accrington Stanley 2 Notts County 1: FA Cup report

Reds fight back to knock out Magpies and book second-round tie at home to Yeovil

Luke Joyce takes a blow to the head after heading in Stanley's equaliser(Image: kipax.com)

STANLEY came from behind to stun Notts County and reach the FA Cup second round on Tuesday night.

The Magpies are unbeaten away in League One and looked set to improve that impressive record on the road when Ronan Murray fired them into a 12th-minute lead.

Stanley then survived a penalty shout which even boss John Coleman said should have been given.

And although the Reds suffered a disappointing defeat at Carlisle on Saturday, they managed to muster a fightback.

Skipper Luke Joyce drew them level on the stroke of half-time then, four minutes after the break, Marcus Carver gave Stanley a surprise lead.

And, but for a Jake Cassidy shot against the crossbar, the Reds were comfortable as they saw out a deserved win to book a home tie against Yeovil.

 

Both sides made four changes from Saturday although two of Stanley’s were enforced with John O’Sullivan and Sean Maguire ineligible.

Piero Mingoia was handed his first start under Coleman while Carver was given a chance to impress up front.

And after a quiet start the game burst into life in the 10th minute as Michael Petrasso fired over following a Notts break. But the Magpies soon regained possession and Blair Adams’ left-wing cross was cleared into the the path of Murray, who fired low past Jack Rose.

The Reds replied as Lee Molyneux delivered an inswinging free-kick from the right which was flicked on by Rob Atkinson and Aldred was unable to slide the ball in at the far post.

Shay McCartan then found Andy Procter’s run into the right side of the box and, sliding to reach the ball, the Stanley midfielder steered it well wide of the far post.

Stanley kept the pressure on and Procter knocked down Joyce’s chip for Atkinson and his volley forced a good save from Roy Carroll.

Joyce then picked out Mingoia on the right and although he was tackled, Procter burst onto the loose ball and his cut-back fell nicely for McCartan, who almost put it over the Clayton End from just six yards out.

Notts came back into it, although some of Stanley’s problems were of their own making.

Aldred’s poor backpass allowed Garry Thompson to nudge it past Rose and although the striker went down under the keeper’s challenge, the referee waved play on.

Atkinson was then booked for a cynical foul outside the box and Murray’s free-kick went wide.

But the Reds managed one more attack before the break and equalised after great play deep down the right by McCartan.

The Stanley striker held it up while Joyce gambled by making a run into the six-yard box - and the skipper was rewarded.

McCartan’s low cross sneaked between Carroll and the first defender, and Joyce stooped to bravely head home his fourth goal of the season – the same number he managed in the previous three seasons combined.

The Reds came out determined to maintain that momentum and, right after the restart, a Procter shot was deflected wide. Notts never probably cleared the corner and the ball ultimately fell to Carver, who dug out a shot on the edge of the box which looped over Carroll and into the top corner.

Cassidy then came on for the visitors and almost scored with his first touch. A hopeful punt forward put him through on goal and despite lobbing Rose, the on-loan striker’s effort came back off the bar.

McCartan kept Carroll alert with a 20-yard effort before Mingoia won the ball in midfied and burst forward, also testing Carroll with a low strike.

County tried to exert some pressure on the Reds’ defence but Rose confidently collected a couple of corners before gathering Petrasso’s volley just under the bar.

Liam Noble then hit a free-kick over while a header from fellow substitute Shaun Harrad was easy for Rose. But Stanley were still pushing forward and despite five minutes of stoppage time, there was no late onslaught as the Reds went through.

Stanley: Rose 8, Winnard 7, Aldred 8, Atkinson 9, Liddle 8, Mingoia 8, Joyce 8, Procter 8, Molyneux 7, McCartan 7, Carver 8 (Gray 79). Subs: Hatfield, Hunt, Naismith, Roddan, Windass, Simpson. Attendance: 1,026 (170 away).