Accrington 2-1 Walsall: Ross Sykes double wins it for Stanley
Last Updated: 13/04/19 9:05pm
A Ross Sykes double boosted Accrington's survival bid and condemned 10-man Walsall to a sixth successive defeat in a 2-1 win.
Martin O'Connor was overseeing his first game as Saddlers boss following the dismissal of Dean Keates last week but he could not change their fortunes as they remain second from bottom.
Stanley opened the scoring on 11 minutes when a Sean McConville free kick found the towering defender Sykes who headed past Liam Roberts.
The Reds continued to press with Jordan Clark firing narrowly wide and McConville's fierce strike was well held by Roberts.
Walsall equalised on 33 minutes when Nicky Devlin got the ball on the right and cut inside with his strike taking a deflection to beat goalkeeper Dimi Evtimov.
Stanley were furious when Billy Kee powered home a header on 41 minutes - only for it to be disallowed for a push.
Sykes got his second after 69 minutes following a goalmouth scramble with Roberts denying him initially only for the 20-year old to fire home the rebound.
It got worse for Walsall when Josh Gordon picked up two yellow cards in quick succession and was sent off on 84 minutes.