County stung by Stanley: Match Review

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Second-half goals from Michael Symes and James Ryan gave Accrington their fourth successive victory and ended Notts County's unbeaten home record, as Stanley won 2-1.

Symes opened the scoring on the hour mark, racing on to Tom Lees' through ball to round Kasper Schmeichel for his 12th goal of the season. And the plucky visitors struck again 14 minutes later with Lees again the provider, with his centre allowing Ryan to volley into the roof of the net.

County, who had gone 10 games unbeaten at Meadow Lane, looked the more likely to break the deadlock of a dire first half. Lee Hughes' deft header shaved the post before goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis denied his one-on-one with an outstretched leg.

However two goals against the run of play finally sparked County into life. Substitute Matt Ritchie's cross was handled by Lees allowing Hughes to score from the spot.

And as County searched for an equaliser Accrington were awarded a penalty of their own three minutes later, with Graeme Lee bringing down Andrew Procter. Phil Edwards' penalty was saved by Schmeichel to spark a frantic closing finale but despite Karl Hawley and Hughes again coming close, County could not muster an equaliser.

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Matt Ritchie
Graeme Lee
Phil Edwards
James Ryan
Andrew Procter
Karl Hawley
Lee Hughes
Kasper Schmeichel
League Two
Michael Symes
Accrington Stanley
Notts County

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