FULL-TIME: Accrington Stanley 1 Bradford City 0

GREAT DEBUT Striker Wes Fletcher scored for Stanley.      Pics: KIPAX

GREAT DEBUT Striker Wes Fletcher scored for Stanley. Pics: KIPAX

First published in Accrington Stanley match reports

WES Fletcher scored the winning goal on his debut to earn Accrington Stanley their first three points of the season.

The 20-year-old striker was thrown straight into the Reds starting line-up the day after completing a loan move from neighbours Burnley until January.

And he settled in immediately with a lively first-half performance in which he stung the keeper's hands and then clipped the crossbar with a dinked cross-shot.

Bradford tried to catch Stanley out on the break, but the backline benefitted from the experienced Sean Hessey's return, as one of four changes to the side which lost at home to Southend United on Saturday.

The Bantams' only chances came from offside positions.

Stanley's defence was just as resolute after the break, and gave John Coleman's men a solid platform to build on.

They were rewarded for good spells of possession and positive approach play with Fletcher's 77th minute goal.

The Liverpudlian spun away from his marker to run onto a clever throughball after Bradford failed to clear their lines, and showed no fear when faced with advancing on-loan Liverpool keeper Martin Hansen as he poked it past the Danish Under 21 international.

Stanley: Sean Murdoch; Peter Murphy, Kevin Long, Sean Hessey, Dean Winnard; Nat Taylor (Ian Craney 73), Andy Procter, Luke Joyce, Charlie Barnett; Wes Fletcher, Kurtis Guthrie (Craig Lindfield 46).

Bradford: Martin Hansen; Liam Moore, Guy Branston, Luke Oliver, Robbie Threlfall; Michael Bryan (Ritchie Jones 66), Chris Mitchell, Michael Flynn, Jack Compton; Ross Hannah (Nialle Rodney 66), James Hanson.

Referee: Dean Mohareb.

Bookings: Stanley - None.

Bradford - Mitchell 85.

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8:23am Wed 17 Aug 11

accstan says...

Well done Stanley - a much improved performance all over the park & a much deserved win. Thanks must also go to Eddie Howe - hope the players you've brought in from Bournemouth do you as much good as Wes Fletcher did us last night (& if they do, can we keep him - pretty please :) )
Well done Stanley - a much improved performance all over the park & a much deserved win. Thanks must also go to Eddie Howe - hope the players you've brought in from Bournemouth do you as much good as Wes Fletcher did us last night (& if they do, can we keep him - pretty please :) ) accstan
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8:35am Wed 17 Aug 11

midas says...

Well done Wes!
Well done Wes! midas
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9:03am Wed 17 Aug 11

BigOrra says...

Better team performance from the reds. Well done Fletcher, great finish.
Better team performance from the reds. Well done Fletcher, great finish. BigOrra
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9:48am Wed 17 Aug 11

claretmeandyou says...

Well done Stanley and well done Wes. Let's hope Danny Ings has just a big an impact otherwise it's more money down the pan like Cort and Iwelumo.
Well done Stanley and well done Wes. Let's hope Danny Ings has just a big an impact otherwise it's more money down the pan like Cort and Iwelumo. claretmeandyou
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