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Focus On - Fleetwood Town

4 February 2021

Focus On - Fleetwood Town

4 February 2021

By Gerry Prewett.

Rovers have had 4 wins, 4 draw and 5 losses in 13 games against the seaside club.

In 2012/13 the first season that the teams met, the game at the Mem saw a steely 0-0 draw and Rovers came out on top in Lancashire as they returned victorious from Highbury Stadium with a 3-0 win, with goals by Danny Woodards, Eliot Richards and John-Joe O’Toole.

When the teams met on 25thMarch 2014 in Lancashire the home team repeated the score from their 3-1 away victory earlier in the season. Fleetwood took a 21stminute lead when Rovers’ Skipper Tom Parkes tried to cut out a through ball some 30 yards from goal, but failed to control it and it fell to Sarcevic whose shot beat Steve Mildenhall with the aid of an apparent deflection off of Mark McChrystal.

With five minutes of the half remaining. Michael Smith blocked a shot from David Ball at the expense of a corner and when Morris swung the ball in from the left, the home skipper rose unchallenged to direct a header past Mildenhall.

Within six minutes of the second half the game was over as a contest, a cross from the left found Ball in space and his header beat Mildenhall who got a hand to the ball but couldn’t prevent it crossing the line.

Ellis Harrison pulled a goal back in the 79th minute from Lee Brown’s corner as he headed in his first goal of the season from close range.

On 27 April 2019 Rovers secured their League One survival with a 0-0 draw at Highbury in late April. Jack Bonham was called into action early, keeping out Ashley Hunter's low drive and then Ched Evans' close-range rebound.

Fleetwood stopper Alex Cairns later beat away Liam Sercombe's powerful strike from the right-side of the penalty area. Evans then looped his free header wide from Ross Wallace's cross from the right for the hosts as the first half finished goalless.

After the break, the swirling winds on the Fylde Coast made play difficult, with Hunter seeing his dipping attempt from 20 yards go just over the crossbar. Substitute Paddy Madden went even closer for the home team after 72 minutes, as the striker cut into the box from the left before firing in a low right-footed effort which came back off the post.

The Gas came just as close with 15 minutes remaining when Ollie Clarke's left-footed shot from range struck Cairns' left-hand post. Evans had a late opportunity but he shot straight at Bonham as the points were shared.

In Ben Garner’s second game in charge of Rovers another all action game finished 0-0.Fleetwood ought to have struck in the second minute, but Paddy Madden fired wide from eight yards after he had met Ched Evans' flick-on.

Rovers responded with midfielder Ed Upson seeing a well-hit angled strike superbly saved by Town keeper Alex Cairns. Evans then fired in a piledriver from 25 yards, with Rovers keeper Anssi Jaakola saving well down low.

Ten minutes before half-time Evans - rising high to meet Lewie Coyle's cross - was thwarted by another smart stop from Jaakola.

Just before the hour mark Evans dived in but planted a free header wide from Kyle Dempsey's superb cross.

On 70 Minutes, Cod Army Boss JoeyBarton was red-carded following protests after an Evans ‘goal’ was disallowed for offside after initially being allowed to stand

After the controversy following the Barton sending-off had calmed down, both sides hit the crossbar. Evans saw a thumping strike pushed onto the woodwork by Jaakola, while Rovers substitute Tom Nichols' looping effort went close.

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