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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.

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English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 16 +19 35
3 Peterborough United 17 +11 33
4 Barnsley 16 +15 31
5 Luton Town 17 +8 29
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Accrington Stanley 17 +2 28
8 Coventry City 17 +2 28
9 Blackpool 16 +3 25
10 Doncaster Rovers 17 +1 25
11 Walsall 17 -5 25
12 Fleetwood Town 17 +5 23
13 Southend United 17 -1 23
14 Burton Albion 16 0 21
15 Wycombe Wanderers 17 -1 21
16 Rochdale 17 -9 20
17 Gillingham 17 -3 18
18 Shrewsbury Town 17 -4 18
19 Scunthorpe United 17 -11 18
20 Bristol Rovers 17 0 17
21 Oxford United 17 -7 15
22 Plymouth Argyle 17 -11 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 17 -15 11
24 Bradford City 17 -19 10