Fleetwood Town 0 – 2 Coventry City

Dominic Samuel and a Frank Nouble last minute strike destroyed Fleetwood Town’s dreams of a third successive win and also dented their play-off hopes.

Samuel broke the deadlock with minutes to play when he was slipped in on the left flank and his shot crept under the diving Chris Maxwell and trickled into the net.

Coventry City made it 2-0 with the last kick of the game when Nouble charged down Maxwell’s clearance and after it rebounded off the post he was left with the simplest of finishes to secure all three points.

Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander said after the game: “I thought with 10 minutes to go that a point would have been a good point for us, and we should have got it so it’s really disappointing.

Alexander also expressed his dissatisfaction at conceding two late goal: “You get games like that but when you’ve got to make sure you see them through and take what you can get.

“To concede the first goal so late in the game when I didn’t think they’d hurt us really in terms of chances was disappointing.

The first half seemed to be a competition of ‘who can shoot from the furthest distance?’ Samuels for Coventry had numerous effort that blazed high and wide and crashed into The Memorial Stand.

At the other end, Morris was urged on by the willing Highbury faithful to shoot at every opportunity after his recent run of form. One of his efforts from 20 yards flew just over the bar and looked to have Lee Burge worried.

Jamie Proctor came closest in the first period when his flicked header from an in-swinging Josh Morris corner was cleared on the line by Chris Stokes.

Adam Chicksen’s left foot rivalled Morris’ in the first period and his delivery from the left flank was a real danger to the Coventry back four throughout the game, but nobody in red could get on the end of his crosses.

On the stroke of half time Liam McAlinden and Proctor linked up inside the box, but indecisive play from both of them spurned a great shooting opportunity.

The Cod Army started the second half well with Chicksen’s crossing again proving fruitful, this time a combination of McAlinden’s head and shoulder forcing an effort goalwards.

Frank Nouble then came into his own for Coventry City. He ran with pace, power and trickery also as his curling effort from the left of the box floated just wide of the far post.

At the other end, Gareth Evans thought he was in for a one-on-one with Burge but a poor touch from the midfielder derailed any hope of a meaningful attack.

Coventry enjoyed a five minute spell of all-out attack where Stokes twice went close. Firstly, his long range effort from the left looked to be arrowing into the netting but the diving Maxwell came to the rescue.

From the resulting corner Stokes again thought he had scored when his flicked header cannoned against the frame of the goal and back out.

Alexander brought on Ashley Hunter and Antoni Sarcevic in the Cod Army’s search for a goal and a third successive win, and when the ball fell to Hunter inside the penalty box in injury time his tame effort was stopped by Burge.


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