Fleetwood Town 1 – 0 Rochdale

Josh Morris’ third goal in as many games lifted Fleetwood Town to eighth in League One after their 1-0 win against Rochdale.

Morris picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and unleashed a rasping drive that arrowed into the bottom right corner, leaving Jamie Jones stranded in the Rochdale net.

Graham Alexander started the same 11 that earned a memorable three points against Sheffield United last Saturday, preferring to play Jamie Proctor as a lone striker rather than the 4-4-2 diamond formation he has previously favoured.

Victory over Keith Hill’s side means Fleetwood have done the double over their North-West rivals this season, following a 2-0 win at Spotland in December.

The Cod Army boss said: ““It was a great effort from the lads. It was vitally important that we followed up last week’s win with another positive today.

“That’s the first time since the start of the season that we’ve done that. Last week was brilliant but this is a bigger win for us.

“It shows the players are hungry and motivated to keep the ball rolling and the momentum.”

In what was a truly awful spectacle the old adage ‘a game of two halves’ was very evident.

The first half was dominated by Rochdale but Fleetwood turned the tables and had the better of the second period, mainly thanks to the change in formation at half time.

Alexander said: ““First half we didn’t hit the heights we should have, and maybe that was down to the formation and I take responsibility for that.

“We caused them a lot of trouble in the second half and it was a fantastic goal to win the game.”

The first 45 minutes was not the most inspiring for the Highbury faithful, with Jack O’Connell having to pop his dislocated finger back in being one of the highlights of the half.

Nick Haughton was left reeling after 12 minutes following a forceful challenge from Andy Cannon. The youngster continued on until half time when he was replaced by Liam McAlinden.

The best chance of the first half fell to Peter Vincenti after neat footwork in the box from Jamie Allen presented the former with an opportunity, only to have his shot blocked by the sprawling Mark Roberts.

The Cod Army came out after the interval invigorated and within 20 seconds Morris saw his left footed drive roll agonisingly wide.

Morris found his range on 58 minutes when he rippled the netting for his seventh goal of the season, making him Fleetwood’s top scorer.

Stewart Murdoch, enjoying a good run in the side, almost capped a perfect day for the Cod Army with a sublime chipped effort from 40 yards on the right flank – but he rattled the cross bar, not the net.

Successive wins for Alexander’s side means that Fleetwood sit only two points below sixth place and a possible promotion spot ahead of Tuesday’s home fixture with Coventry City.


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