Fleetwood Town 2 Northampton Town 0 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday February 15th, 3.00pm
FLEETWOOD TOWN 2
Gareth Evans 22, 80
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 2,521 (Cobblers fans not confirmed)
Fleetwood: Chris Maxwell, Mark Roberts, Nathan Pond, Gareth Evans, Steven Schumacher (sub Stewart Murdoch 56), Jon Parkin (sub Junior Brown 86), Jamille Matt (sub Mikael Mandron 82), Conor McLaughlin, Antoni Sarcevic, Charlie Taylor, Alex Marrow.
Subs not used: Scott Davies, Liam Hogan, Ryan Cresswell, Matthew Hughes
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Leon McSweeney, Ben Tozer, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Joe Widdowson, Chris Hackett, Ricky Ravenhill (sub Alan Connell 69), Darren Carter, Gary Deegan, Antonio German (sub Emile Sinclair 49), John Marquis
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, David Moyo, Ian Morris, Ivan Toney, Brennan Dickenson
Referee: Mr R Clark
Fleetwood: Alex Marrow (4), Mark Roberts (54)
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 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.
John Marquis, Antonio German, Gary Deegan and Ben Tozer all came into the side as boss Chris Wilder made four changes from the team that started at Torquay. Emile Sinclair, Alan Connell and Brennan Dickenson dropped to the bench with Gregor Robertson ruled out by injury.
The match was preceded by a minutes applause in memory of former Preston North End and England winger Sir Tom Finney who passed away on Friday at the age of 91.
Steven Schumacher and Mark Roberts both tested Matt Duke in the opening ten minutes but the Cobblers custodian was equal to their efforts.
The home side did however take the lead on 22 minutes, Gareth Evans the goalscorer after getting on the end of a forward pass from Jamille Matt.
Chris Maxwell saved a John Marquis header as the Cobblers looked for an instant response, while Gary Deegan saw his goalbound effort blocked.
Chris Wilder made a change early in the second half with Emile Sinclair replacing Antonio German.
Leon McSweeney had a shot deflected behind on 65 minutes before a looping header from Mathias Doumbe landed on the roof of the net. A terrific save from Duke then denied Jamille Matt as Alan Connell came on for Ricky Ravenhill.
Fleetwood doubled their lead against the run of play on 79 minutes, Gareth Evans heading in a Jon Parkin cross.
There was to be no way back for the Cobblers after that as the remainder of the game passed without incident.
FLEETWOOD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (7) 9
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (5) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 4
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 8
CORNERS: (2) 7
FOULS: (5) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.