Fleetwood Town will make the short trip to the Wham Stadium on Saturday afternoon for their Sky Bet League One match and derby clash against Accrington Stanley, and we have all you need to know in our match preview.
Fixture: Accrington Stanley v Fleetwood Town
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 15 April 2023
Venue: Wham Stadium, Livingstone Road, Accrington, BB5 5BX
The Cods head into the Lancashire Derby on the back of two back-to-back defeats, both finishing 2-1 respectively to Cambridge United and Bristol Rovers. With Town now sat 15th in Sky Bet League One on 50 points, it has been a much better season than the last, but the players and coaching staff are looking to finish the season off in style.
Scott Brown's side last won on the road at Derby on Saturday 18 Match 2023, and the head coach will be looking for a similar performance from his team when the make the short trip to Accrington. On that day, goals from Jayden Stockley - which eventually went down as an own goal, and one from Carlos Mendes Gomes helped the Cods pick up three points at Pride Park.
Town have won seven matches away from home all season, and with three away fixture left of the 2022/23 season, can the lads make it ten away wins for the campaign?
Promise Omochere and Scott Robertson made a cameo appearance on Easter Monday after time on the sideline, with the duo pushing for a starting place for the Lancashire Derby match. Harvey Macadam is out due to picking up a hamstring injury in the Bristol Rovers match, but there are no new injury concerns for Fleetwood Town's boss.
Accrington currently find themselves 21st in Sky Bet League One, having won only nine of their 40 games played in the campaign so far. With 38 points collected, they're only two points behind Oxford United - who find themselves dangerously close to the drop zone.
John Coleman's side have won two of their last ten matches, with the last three points coming against Port Vale on Good Friday at the Wham Stadium. With a help from Vale player Jack Satevens, Stanley got the ball rolling in the 31st minute, with former Town player Harvey Rodgers scoring five minutes before half-time.
A penalty from Aaron Pressley in the 68th minute sealed the victory for Stanley, giving them a glimmer of hope and closing the gap on those above them in the league table. They beat fellow strugglers Forest Green Rovers back in March, with their last three victories coming on home soil - a warning for the Cod Army?
Striker Tommy Leigh will be the one player to watch on Saturday. The forward tops the goal scoring charts for the hosts, but with no goal in his last few matches, will he be able to influence the scoreline? Or will the forward be able to assist his teammates during the Lancashire Derby.
LAST MEETING IN THE LEAGUE
Fixture: Fleetwood Town 3-0 Accrington Stanley
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 29 October 2022
Venue: Highbury Stadium
PRE-MATCH QUOTES: STEVEN WHITTAKER
“We need to get into the mentality that they are going to be fighting as each team we are going to come up against have something to fight for, so we need to go out there and match their willingness and energy to go and get points from the games. If we don’t do that, we are going to find ourselves in a hard situation.
“If we match them, we know we’ve got the quality to go and win games, that’s the message to the players and it’s then down to them on the field to produce that. Every game is important, no one should let a game pass them by, they should want to put themselves in a good light at every opportunity they get so it would be good to see out the season on a positive note.
“The game at our place against Accrington earlier on in the season was an important one for us; it was one of those games where we managed to score a couple of goals and kept a clean sheet at the same time. After speaking to them after that game, they won’t see that as a true reflection of themselves and will show a lot of fight this time around.”
IFOLLOW DETAILS FOR THE MATCH
Scott Brown's side will make the trip to the Wham Stadium this weekend, and for supporters who can't make the game, don't worry as we've got you covered
Video Match Pass - £10 (Overseas only)
Audio Match Pass - £2.50 (U.K and Overseas)
If you want to view the packages availavle for the rest of the season, click HERE so you don't need to worry about much between now and the end of the season.
The Cod Army have been allocated tickets in The Coppice Terrace (standing) and The Studio (seating) - so when booking, please specify where you'd like to go on the day.
The prices are as follows for match tickets:
Concessions (64+) and Students: £20
If you're making a late decision to go and watch Town take on Accrington Stanley, you will be able to buy tickets outside the away entrance, with no ticket price increase.
If you have any questions please contact the ticket office on 01253 775080 (option 1).