Accrington produce sensational comeback: Match Review

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Ten-man Accrington staged a remarkable second-half comeback to draw at League Two basement side Plymouth.

Troubled Argyle - who celebrate their 125th anniversary tomorrow - took the lead against the run of play from a 27th-minute penalty converted by skipper Simon Walton.

Accrington's Kurtis Guthrie had already smashed a rising drive off the Plymouth post in the 21st minute from distance before the home side went in front.

Argyle teenage striker Matt Lecointe was felled by defender Sean Hessey, with referee David Coote well placed to point to the spot. Hessey was red-carded for his foul and Walton roofed home the spot-kick.

Argyle forged further head in first-half stoppage time when attacking midfielder Ladjie Soukouna fired home from 15 yards after Robbie Williams' cross was initially met by Lecointe.

Stanley came close to reducing the arrears in the 47th minute but Ian Craney and then Padraig Amond - from point blank range - were denied by Argyle's 26-year-old keeper Jake Cole.

The 10 men were not to be denied and Kevin Long powered home a header from sub Charlie Barnett's 56th-minute free-kick.

Cole's goal led a charmed life as the visitors piled on the pressure, with defenders Curtis Nelson and Simon King diving in to block Guthrie's close-range shot, with Cole beaten.

Half-time sub Barnett's corner enabled Amond to head Stanley's merited 67th minute equaliser, and Cole made a brilliant save to deny Craney as Stanley pressed for the winner.

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Robbie Williams
Sean Hessey
League Two
Simon Walton
Charlie Barnett
Ian Craney
Jake Cole
Simon King
Accrington Stanley

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