John Coleman says he will fight all the way to save Stanley from relegation after their 5-2 defeat to Fleetwood.

Jack Marriott celebrated a hat-trick, scoring in the ninth and 35th minute before slotting home the final goal in added time.

The Cod Army led 2-0 at half-time, and at the end of the first half Stanley had Liam Coyle sent off for a high tackle.

Promise Omochere made it 3-0 on 57 minutes before the Reds fought back with a Michael Nottingham 65th-minute header and Tommy Leigh’s fierce blast on 81 minutes taking it to 3-2.

But Phoenix Patterson made the game safe on 90 minutes before Marriott finished it off to send Stanley down to 23rd in the Sky Bet League One table.

“This is one of the lowest I have felt in football,” said Coleman. “I am deeply disappointed but we still have a fighting chance and there are points to be won.

“We showed a great deal of character to go from 3-0 down to make it 3-2 but the first half was not good enough, we did not defend like we can and that’s been the case all season.

“I got a few brickbats by the supporters coming off and they are entitled to their opinion, but I can assure them that no one is hurting more than me.

“I certainly won’t throw in the towel in football, this club is my life.

“There is no point sulking, we have got to be the bold Accrington we usually are and play like we did in the 25 minutes when we had 10 men and had them on the ropes. We have got to put it right.”