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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Kyle Dempsey (18')
  • Cian Bolger (83')

Cod Army record overdue home win

Fleetwood picked up their first home win since October as they beat fellow strugglers Northampton 2-0 at the Highbury Stadium.
On paper the odds were stacked against John Sheridan's side given Northampton's unbeaten spree on the road in 2018 and Fleetwood's last home win being against Oxford on October 28.
But a Kyle Dempsey strike and Cian Bolger's close-range effort saw Sheridan make it five unbeaten with back-to-back wins now moving Fleetwood five points clear of the drop with eight games to go.
Fleetwood took the lead in the league at home for the first time since they lost 2-1 to Bradford on January 1 thanks to another first, midfielder Dempsey's first effort of the season.
New boss Sheridan has given his midfielders a license to attack and Toumani Diagouraga was instrumental in teeing up Dempsey for the 18th-minute opener.
Northampton had not lost away on the road in 2018 and did not go down without a fight as they threw bodies forward to try and find a way back.
But despite multiple set-pieces and a couple of chances for substitute Kevin Luckassen, fortune was not shining on Hasselbaink's end in the attacking third.
Luck was with them in their own box, though, as the referee waved away Fleetwood's strong penalty claim after Ash Taylor appeared to handle Bolger's strike.
With the clock ticking down and Northampton pushing forward Fleetwood showed them how it is done on set-pieces.
Just seconds after Richard O'Donnell diverted Jordy Hiwula's header round a post, Bolger capitalised on some woeful defending to thunder home a Bobby Grant corner from close range in the 83rd minute.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Rotherham United 20 +25 41
2 Wigan Athletic 19 +19 41
3 Wycombe Wanderers 21 +10 41
4 Sunderland 20 +12 39
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 +11 37
6 Oxford United 20 +12 36
7 Milton Keynes Dons 20 +13 35
8 Sheffield Wednesday 21 +7 34
9 Portsmouth 21 +4 33
10 Burton Albion 21 -2 28
11 Ipswich Town 21 +4 27
12 Cheltenham Town 20 -9 27
13 Accrington Stanley 21 -11 27
14 Charlton Athletic 21 +1 26
15 Cambridge United 21 -3 26
16 Bolton Wanderers 21 -3 26
17 AFC Wimbledon 19 -2 24
18 Lincoln City 20 -6 21
19 Shrewsbury Town 20 -8 19
20 Morecambe 20 -13 19
21 Fleetwood Town 20 -5 18
22 Gillingham 21 -15 17
23 Crewe Alexandra 21 -17 15
24 Doncaster Rovers 20 -24 13