Un­stop­pable Fleet­wood tri­umphed 2-0 at Scun­thorpe United –

Cod Army head into top two

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Mark Wil­liams

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

PIC­TURE: ProS­ports/ Craig Zadoroznyi

ON THE UP: Fleet­wood cel­e­brate De­vante Cole’s strike

UWE’S DE­LIGHT: Fleet­wood man­ager Uwe Rosler

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