CAIRNS IS THE ONLY BRIGHT SPARK
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
HEADS UP: Alex Revell heads the ball under pressure and, inset, Fleetwood mob goalscorer Devante Cole