Fleetwood Town have managed to enjoy a largely promising campaign so far, with Joey Barton’s side still in with a chance of securing promotion to the Championship when the season resumes.
Barton’s side picked up a valuable point in a 2-2 draw at promotion rivals Portsmouth in their last game before the EFL suspension, which means that Fleetwood currently sit in fifth place in the League One table a point clear of seventh placed Sunderland, but also only two points adrift of second placed Rotherham United.
However, despite Fleetwood’s mostly encouraging form throughout the season, with only league leaders Coventry City having lost fewer matches in the league than them, there have been some performances and moments that they will reflect on and wonder if they could have done better.
Here then, we take a look at Fleetwood’s worst TWO moments of the campaign…
2-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers
Considering Fleetwood have largely been very difficult to beat so far this season and have been displaying real promotion winning form since the turn of the year, they will perhaps look back and wonder how they managed to suffer a defeat against Bolton, who currently sit bottom of the table and are heading for relegation.
Barton’s side, though, managed to find themselves two goals behind at half time at Bolton, with Keith Hill’s side managing to score only their sixth and seventh league goals of the campaign, and it was a first half performance which will be amongst the worst they have produced all season long.
Josh Morris did at least manage to pull a goal back late on, but that was not enough to start a comeback and Fleetwood became the first team to lose at Bolton in the league since Millwall back in March – and that will be a result which could ultimately cost them at the end of the campaign.
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Throwing away all three points at Southend United
Another result that Fleetwood could look back on at the end of the campaign and wonder whether they could have done more to secure an important three points, would have been when they were unable to see out a win at Southend United back in September.
Barton’s side did fall 1-0 behind at Southend, but they managed to take a 2-1 lead into the break, before they eventually were pegged back again in the second period, but Kyle Dempsey’s strike looked likely to given them all three points until Stephen McLaughlin scored an 87th minute equaliser as the game finished 3-3.
Ordinarily a point away from home would not be a disastrous result, but when you consider that Southend had lost all of their previous six league matches, and they are very likely to be relegated this term, then you feel Fleetwood will regret not picking up all three points.