Unstoppable Fleetwood triumphed 2-0 at Scunthorpe United –
Cod Army head into top two
ABUOYANT Uwe Rosler hailed his players’ recordbreaking season after redhot Fleetwood marched into the automatic promotion spots.
Excellent goals either side of half-time by Devante Cole and Bobby Grant were enough to see the Cod Army extend their impressive unbeaten run to 18 league matches – and beat one of their main promotion rivals in the process.
However, Scunthorpe, now without a win in seven, can count themselves unfortunate after creating a host of decent opportunities at Glandford Park.
Fleetwood boss Rosler said: “Whatever happens to us now, this is the most successful season in the club’s history.
“We have the highest points tally at the highest level we have been. Every player and club member can be massively proud of this.
“But now my job is to sit down with the players and set our next target.
“I don’t know what it will be yet but I do know it will be ambitious. My players will respond well to it.
“Glanford Park is a very tough place to come and Scunthorpe are a top, top team. But my players put such a shift in.
“We started excellently and then we had the small margins on our side. Alex Cairns made some crucial saves for us and he deserves credit.
“But we always knew we were going to get chances on the counterattack and we are an extremely clinical side, as we keep proving.
“I am so pleased because we were strong, organised and it’s a massive three points.”
First-half chances fell to the home side’s Matt Crooks and Kevin van Veen but both were brilliant denied by visiting custodian Cairns.
Fleetwood broke the deadlock on 41 minutes, and in style, when a flowing move led to Markus Schwabl squaring for Cole to slot home.
The hosts rallied and after a goalmouth scramble was cleared off the line, a Neal Bishop header was deflected inches wide.
The Iron poured forward after the break and continued to create chances. Dutchman van Veen screwed a powerful effort inches
wide soon after the break before skipper Stephen Dawsons fine volley was ruled out for offside – much to boss Graham Alexander’s disappointment.
“It is a terrible decision because Stephen is clearly onside by two defenders,” he said.
“That goal was thoroughly deserved and was wrongly chalked off and it is another decision that has gone against us.”
Fleetwood always looked a threat on the break and they sealed the points on 90 minutes. An inchperfect pass by substitute Cameron Brannagan set Grant free and the midfielder finished with aplomb.
And Alexander added: “Anyone who saw the game could see we shouldn’t have lost. I thought our performance was excellent.
“We have had a disappointing month so I was pleased with our response against a good team.We just didn’t get the rub of the green.
“I am confident when we get a bit of luck and score that first goal, we will be up and running again.
“We are going through a tough period but it is a test for all of us.”
The Iron also had a second goal disallowed after David Mirfin challenged for a high ball with Fleetwood goalkeeper Cairns with the referee blowing for a foul.
“The second one is just a fair challenge,” fumed Alexander.
“It is two lads just going for the ball and the keeper has dropped it but I was not surprised because there was a lot of 50/50 stuff that generally went their way.
“I can’t take plain decisions from the officials that cost us a result because that is what it has done.
“We were the dominant team before that, dominant after it but those goals give us a chance to win and it has gone against us.
“If people do their job right, you can see it is a perfectly good goal.”
OPENER: Fleetwood Town forward Devante Cole prods home
ON THE UP: Fleetwood celebrate Devante Cole’s strike
UWE’S DELIGHT: Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler