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Report: Fleetwood 1-0 Blues

21 April 2014

Josh Morris’ second-half strike sealed all three points for Fleetwood as Wanderers failed to capitalise on playing against 10 men for more than 75 minutes.

Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to his side with Anthony Stewart, Nick Arnold, Max Kretzschmar and Reece Styche coming in for injured quartet Leon Johnson, Paris Cowan-Hall, Matt McClure and Jo Kuffour.

Wanderers named only six subs with Ainsworth and the returning Charles Dunne amongst them. This was Dunne’s first appearance on the bench since breaking his leg against Preston North End in December.

Fleetwood saw the majority of the ball in the opening stages and they had the first chance in the seventh minute, but Iain Hume’s fierce drive was straight at Ingram. David Ball then made room for himself, only for his shot to dribble wide.

Blues were handed a boost in the 13th minute when, after consultation with the fourth official, Darren Drysdale sent off Alan Goodall after he appeared to kick out at Styche following a Fleetwood free-kick.

The hosts adapted well to going a man down and neither side created much in the following 10 minutes with Fleetwood still enjoying more of the possession.

Nathan Pond headed a free-kick straight at Ingram, before Chairboys had their first attempt of the game when Rowe picked out Wood on the left and he tried his luck from distance, but his strike was always rising.

Fleetwood’s Chris Maxwell made his first save on the half-hour when Kretzschmar met Bloomfield’s cross, but his looping header was simple for the keeper.

Arnold almost scored a fortuitous opener 10 minutes before the break as his intended cross looped over Maxwell, only to just clear the bar.

Town came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half as Matty Blair was allowed too much room to run into before curling inches wide of Ingram’s far post three minutes before the break.

Half-time: Fleetwood 0-0 Wanderers

Ainsworth made one change at the break with Dean Morgan replacing Styche, and Kretzschmar forced Maxwell into a save within 60 seconds of the restart as his free-kick beat the wall, but was straight at the keeper. The hosts broke immediately and Ball was denied by Ingram from an acute angle.

Rowe headed Bloomfield’s corner wide after escaping his marker as Blues continued to look more threatening after the break with Scowen pushing forward to support Morgan.

Ingram kept the scores level in the 56th minute as he bravely kept out Blair’s strike after narrowing the angle to the wideman, who had got in on the left.

However, Blues No.1 could do nothing a minute later as Josh Morris was given too much room in the centre of the pitch, and he broke forward before rifling into Ingram’s left-hand corner from 20 yards.

The goal sparked the hosts into life and Ingram did superbly well to deny Sarcevic after a neat spell of passing from Town.

Junior Morias replaced Bloomfield in the 66th minute before Graham Alexander made his first change five minutes with Jamille Matt on for Hume.

Morias linked up well with Morgan before turning his marker on the edge of the area and curling goalwards, but Maxwell was equal to his effort.

Ainsworth’s final throw of the dice came 14 minutes from time with the introduction of Anthony Jeffrey for Arnold.

Stewart headed Scowen’s corner harmlessly wide and Morias’ instinctive volley was also off target as Blues pushed forward.

Rowe had the final chance deep into injury-time, but again Wanderers failed to fully test Maxwell who made a simple stop.

Wanderers: Ingram, Rowe, Wood, Pierre, Stewart, Scowen, Arnold (Jeffrey 76), Lewis (c), Bloomfield (Morias 66), Kretzschmar, Styche (Morgan 46).
Subs: Horlock, Dunne, Morias, Jeffrey, Ainsworth, Morgan.

Fleetwood: Maxwell, McLaughlin, Pond, Roberts, Jordan, Blair, Goodall, Sarcevic (Murdoch 90), Morris, Ball (Evans 79), Hume (Matt 71).
Subs: Davies, Cresswell, Evans, Schumacher, Murdoch, Parkin, Matt.

Attendance: 2,711

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