SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday January 26th, 7.45pm
FLEETWOOD TOWN 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Fleetwood: Alex Cairns, Danny Andrew, Callum Connolly, Mark Duffy (sub Barry McKay 71), Callum Camps (sub Kyle Vassell 71), Charlie Mulgrew (sub Harrison Holgate 63), Jordan Rossiter, Paddy Madden, Harvey Saunders, Janoi Donacien, Sam Finley (sub Josh Morris 74)
Subs not used: Joel Coleman, Ryan Rydel, Shayden Morris
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Peter Kioso, Lloyd Jones, Cian Bolger, Fraser Horsfall, Joseph Mills (sub Ricky Korboa 69), Bryn Morris, Shaun McWilliams, Sam Hoskins, Danny Rose (sub Benny Ashley-Seal 88), Ryan Edmondson (sub Ryan Watson 73)
Subs not used: Dylan Berry, Caleb Chukwuemeka, Christopher Missilou, Michael Harriman
Referee: Martin Coy
Fleetwood: Josh Morris (88)
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Peter Kioso made his debut at right wing-back as Keith Curle made three changes for the midweek trip to Fleetwood. Danny Rose and Fraser Horsfall also came into the side but injury prevented Jack Sowerby lining up against his former club. Mickel Miller was also unavailable for selection due to injury, joining Alan Sheehan, Steve Arnold and Scott Pollock on the sidelines.
Sam Hoskins fired over from range with less than a minute played before a fantastic defensive header at the back post from debutant Kioso denied the home side a clear opportunity on goal. The on-loan Luton defender received a whack in making the vital interception but was able to continue after a short break in play.
Jonathan Mitchell saved comfortably from Harvey Saunders with the Cobblers keeper also called upon to tip over a 35-yard free-kick from Callum Camps. Ryan Edmondson then had a chance to put the Cobblers in front but played through one-on-one by Hoskins his shot was straight at Alex Cairns.
Callum Connolly found the side-netting via a deflection and Danny Rose headed wide from a Kioso cross in the opening ten minutes of the second half. Paddy Madden fired just over as the half reached the midway point as the Cobblers made their first change, Ricky Korboa on for Joseph Mills. Ryan Watson then replaced Edmondson and went close to breaking the deadlock with a strike that whistled just wide.
Watson again went close with a deflected effort and also saw a low shot turned behind by Cairns while Cian Bolger headed wide from a corner as the Cobblers pressed hard for a winning goal. Fleetwood held on however as the points were shared, substitute Korboa almost snatching a late winner in stoppage time only to be denied by a last-ditch block by Harrison Holgate.
FLEETWOOD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (3) 6
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 2
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 10
CORNERS: (0) 6
FOULS: (6) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1