CAIRNS IS THE ONLY BRIGHT SPARK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Gas­coyne

ASOLITARY sec­ond-half goal from De­vante Cole saw Fleet­wood leave Six­fields with all three points in a dud game that will be remembered for a string of won­der saves from Alex Cairns and not much else.

De­spite not be­ing overly im­pressed with their per­for­mance, Cod Army boss Uwe Rosler com­mended his side for at least com­ing away from the game with a win

“It’s was a very sat­is­fy­ing re­sult in the end,” he said.

“But to be fair, I’d have liked us to have had more con­trol of the game, the first half was tor­ture for me

“Northamp­ton were bet­ter than us, they should have been ahead in the first half.

“We made some ter­ri­ble decisions, Alex Cairns’ kept us in the game, he made some un­be­liev­able saves, not only once but three times.

“I felt we did the ba­sics much bet­ter in the sec­ond half, we didn’t even have to make a save.

“Some­times one or two play­ers can get you out of jail, and that hap­pened today.”

Fleet­wood piled the pres­sure on their hosts early on, go­ing close to tak­ing the lead in the third minute af­ter Cian Bol­ger’s headed ef­fort was bun­dled off the line by a fran­tic Cob­blers de­fence.

Min­utes later David Cor­nell was called into ac­tion to bat away a 20-yard ef­fort from Jordy Hi­wula.

Former Fleet­wood loa­nee Chris Long al­most found the net for his new side af­ter his am­bi­tious tight an­gled ef­fort forced Cairns into a fin­ger­tip save with 18 min­utes on the clock.

A some­what dull af­fair sparked into life in the fi­nal min­utes of the first half af­ter Cairns pro­duced a spec­tac­u­lar tre­ble save, first be­ing tested by Billy Wa­ters be­fore Aaron Pierre twice tried his luck from close range.

It took only eight min­utes for sec­ond­half sub­sti­tute Cole to make an im­pact on the game af­ter fel­low sub Ai­den O’Neill pounced a loose ball, putting Cole through on goal and he made no mis­take in slot­ting the ball past Cor­nell with 15 min­utes left to play.

Justin Ed­in­burgh’s side strug­gled to find a route back into the game, fall­ing to their third de­feat in seven days lead­ing to a cho­rus of boos echo­ing around the sta­dium upon the full-time whis­tle.

Ed­in­burgh said: “We’re disappointed, we’re frus­trated, we’re striv­ing to get points on the board, to get goals and to get re­sults, my job is make that hap­pen and I have the up­most be­lieve that re­sults will come along.

“That’s three con­sec­u­tive de­feats and no goals, it’s mak­ing ev­ery­thing tougher and the play­ers will be anx­ious.

“We’ve got to find a way of get­ting a re­sult, that should have been one, but it’s slipped through hands and we’ve come away with noth­ing.

“The only way we can turn this around is to con­tinue to stick to­gether and keep be­liev­ing in what we’re try­ing to achieve.” NORTHAMP­TON TOWN: (4-3-3): Cor­nell 6, Poole 5 (Richards 90 N/A), Tay­lor A 5, Pierre 6, Buchanan 5, Phillips 5 (Moloney 74 5), Crooks 5, Kasim 5 (McWilliams 74 4), Wa­ters 6, Long 6, Rev­ell 5 Subs not used: Goff, Tay­lor M, Lob­joit, Bowditch FLEET­WOOD TOWN: (3-4-3): Cairns 7, Bol­ger 6, Pond 5, Eastham 6, Coyle 6, Dempsey 6, Glen­don 5 (O’Neill 46 6), Bell 6, Grant 6, Hi­wula 6 (Cole 67 7), McAleny 4 (Burns 35 6) Subs not used: Neal, Godswill, Sch­w­abl, Nade­san

PIC­TURES: PSI/Den­nis Goodwin

HEADS UP: Alex Rev­ell heads the ball un­der pres­sure and, in­set, Fleet­wood mob goalscorer De­vante Cole

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