Fleetwood Town climbed up to fourth place and took another step forward in their pursuit of promotion by beating MK Dons 1-0 at Highbury Stadium on Saturday.
Joey Barton’s side dominated the game but had to wait until the 86th-minute for a winner. Fleetwood created opportunity after opportunity but after a resolute defensive performance from their opponents, they required a mistake from MK Dons goalkeeper Lee Nichols to make the breakthrough.
Substitute Ched Evans was alert to the opportunity after Nichols spilled Lewie Coyle’s cross and stabbed the ball into the back of the net to secure the three points.
Will Fleetwood get promoted this season?
Fleetwood have a game in hand over the majority of the top six and could go just one point off the automatic promotion places if they beat Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Before switching focus to their trip to the Macron Stadium, we examined three things we clearly learnt about the Cod Army in their victory on the weekend.
There’s a determination and belief in the squad.
Despite dominating proceedings, it looked for long periods like it just wasn’t going to be Fleetwood’s day at the Highbury Stadium on Saturday.
Barton’s side had 73 % possession and significantly more shots and shots on target than their opponents but just couldn’t break the deadlock.
However, the Trawlermen didn’t let their heads drop and showed the determination and belief in the squad to keep on fighting and secure the result late on. That bodes well for the promotion push.
The Highbury Stadium continues to look like a fortress.
Fleetwood’s victory on Saturday was their sixth in eight League One games at Highbury Stadium this season.
The Trawlermen have now taken 19 points at home this season, having lost just once and dropped points only twice, which gives them the second-best home record in the division.
You would think that if they can continue to make Highbury Stadium a fortress then it will be a huge boost to their promotion push.
Ched Evans appears to be finding some excellent form.
The 30-year-old striker scored came off the bench to brilliant effect on Saturday, replacing Josh Morris at half-time and popping up with the all-important winner.
It certainly wasn’t pretty but it was the sort of goal usually scored by a striker in a good patch of form and Evans is starting to look like just that.
The Welshman has now scored three goals and grabbed an assist in the past six games, including two late-winners. It will be good news for Barton if that can continue.