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O'Sullivan stars for Stanley

22 September 2014

John O'Sullivan had a debut to remember for Accrington Stanley as he scored a brace and claimed an assist in a 5-4 away win at Northampton Town on Saturday.

The midfielder, who turned 21 earlier in the week, played a starring role as John Coleman kicked off his second spell in charge of Accrington with a win.

A goal apiece from Stanley's Rob Atkinson and former Rovers youngster Marc Richards saw the game at 1-1 when O'Sullivan took charge.

On 28 minutes the Irishman raced clear of the Cobblers to cooly round goalkeeper Jordan Archer to fire the vistors back in front.

O'Sullivan then turned provider as his cross found the head of Atkinson with the ball bouncing off post and goalkeeper before creeping into the back of the net.

With 15 minutes to go the Rovers man made it 4-1 with yet another solo goal. Claiming the ball on the byline, the midfielder cut inside but with little in the way of options he went it alone, emphatically finding the back of the net from a tight angle.

O'Sullivan was replaced on 81 minutes and after that Northampton made a fight of it, the game eventually ending 5-4 in the Lancastrian's favour.

It was a successful weekend elsewhere for several Rovers players out on loan.

At Home Park, Plymouth, the Pilgrims bounced back from successive defeats to beat Hartlepool United 2-0.

Defender Anthony O'Connor played the full match for Plymouth as goals from Marvin Morgan and Nathan Thomas saw the Greens claim a welcome three points.

In League One, Josh Morris was on the scoresheet for Fleetwood Town as they pegged back league leaders Bristol City in an exciting 3-3 draw at the Highbury Stadium.

Morris opened the scoring with his first of the campaign on 22 minutes with a fine strike from the edge of the box, however Steve Cotterill's City hit back with three unanswered efforts.

Jamie Proctor pulled a goal back for the hosts, heading home a Morris centre, before a Stephen Dobbie strike a minute from time earned a point for Graham Alexander's side.

Jake Kean was in goal for Yeovil Town as they claimed their first clean sheet of the season with a 1-0 home win over Peterborough United.

The Glovers climbed up the table thanks to Joel Grant's cool run and finish in the 88th minute.

Jordan Slew missed a penalty for managerless Port Vale, but it wasn't to prove costly as they defeated Barnsley 2-1 at Vale Park.

The scores were level at 1-1 when Slew, on from the start, missed the chance to get his third goal in four games when he blazed over from 12 yards.

Slew was replaced with 14 minutes to go before Mark Marshall grabbed the winning goal for Vale a minute from time.

Rochdale maintained their decent start to life in League One with a 1-0 home win over Coventry City on Saturday.

Jack O'Connell made his fifth appearance at the heart of Keith Hill's defence as Ian Henderson's 29th-minute penalty gave Dale all three points.

In the Championship, Leon Best played the final half hour as Derby County came from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils at home to Coventry City.

Best started on the bench as two goals in four minutes from Cardiff put the visitors in front. Jordan Ibe reduced the deficit before Craig Bryson denied the Bluebirds all three points with a late leveller.

David Raya was handed a debut for Southport on Saturday but they tasted defeat on their travels once more, going down 3-0 to Macclesfield Town.

The Sandgrounders have yet to win on the road this season and the Moss Rose loss sees them slip to fifth from bottom in the league.

Raya had no chance as Luke Waterfall volleyed home a 9th minute corner, before the Spaniard was beaten by a Paul Turnbull free-kick.

A third was added just before half-time when Waterfall added his second of the game, and although Southport improved in the second half, the damage had already been done.

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