Fleetwood Town face Accrington Stanley on Saturday 27 February at Highbury Stadium in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Accrington Stanley
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 27 February 2021
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Match officials: Sam Allison (Referee), Geoffrey Liddle & Chris Isherwood (Assistant Referees), Sebastian Stockbridge (Fourth Official)
Town are looking to build on their recent home form on Saturday, as the side are currently four games unbeaten at Highbury Stadium.
In Town’s last outing, Town lost out in a tough battle against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats opened the scoring with an Aiden O’Brien header before Max Power doubled their lead just before the final whistle.
The time before that, Fleetwood shared the points at Highbury Stadium as they drew 1-1 with Charlton Athletic. The Addicks took the lead early on as loanee Jayden Stockley nodded past Alex Cairns from five yards. Simon Grayson’s side worked their way back into the game just before half-time as Paddy Madden finished off a brilliant move, which meant the points would have to be shared.
John Coleman’s side are sitting just outside the play-off spots in League One at the moment and will be looking to close the gap to the top six at the weekend.
Last time out, Stanley travelled to the Alexandra Stadium to face Crewe Alex, but that ended in a 2-0 loss on the night. Omar Beckles opened the scoring in the first-half, and with Harvey Rodgers being sent off five minutes into the second half, it opened the game up for Chris Potter to score a second 20 minutes from time.
Accrington also matched Fleetwood’s result in the game before as they drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town at home. Seamus Conneely broke the deadlock seconds before the half-time break but, with 13 minutes to go, Shaun Whalley found the back of the net, levelling up the score line.
ONE TO WATCH: DION CHARLES
One to watch from Accrington is forward, Dion Charles. The Preston-born attacker is the current top goal scorer for Stanley so far this season, with 14 goals, and 13 of those have come in the league.
Charles started his career as a trainee at Blackpool but moved on to AFC Fylde back in 2014. Whilst at the club from Mill Farm, he made over 50 appearances in his two-years there, scoring 18 goals in that time before moving to the Cod Army in July 2016.
After signing for Fleetwood, he made his debut in an EFL Trophy cup tie against Carlisle United but spent most of his time out on loan out on loan at FC Halifax Town. He initially went to Yorkshire in March 2017 and made his debut the day he signed and scored his first goal just a week later.
He re-joined Halifax the season on a six-month loan and continued his scoring form and was sold to National League North side Southport when his loan expired. He seemed to enjoy his spell there, scoring a goal every three games and attracted the attention of Accrington in 2019, where he signed in August of that year.
The 25-year-old didn’t have to wait long for a goal as he scored in his second appearance for the club, in a 3-2 loss to Shrewsbury Town. Since signing for Stanley, he has gone on to appear in over 70 games in all competitions and had found the net on 23 occasions.
WATCH TOWN ON iFOLLOW!
Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
With fans still unable to attend games, the iFollow match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army play.
Simon Grayson's side are set to host Accrington in a league clash at Highbury on Saturday and you can watch the game for just £10!
If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.