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Fleetwood Town 2-2 Rochdale

Ten-man Fleetwood roared back to clinch a deserved point as Devante Cole rifled home a late leveller in a controversial 2-2 draw with Rochdale at Highbury.

Rochdale had fought back from a goal down at the break to take a 2-1 lead but despite seeing Wes Burns sent off in controversial fashion by referee John Brooks, Fleetwood showed their never-say-die spirit as Cole popped up to rifle home.

Fleetwood had dominated a less than enthralling first half and Uwe Rosler's side took a deserved lead in the 25th minute.

Former Rochdale man Ash Eastham was the first to react after Aiden O'Neill's low corner from the left surprised the visitors with the defender mopping up the loose ball in the six-yard box.

Rochdale came back with a vengeance at the start of the second half with two goals in the opening eight minutes.

Town's Leeds United loan star Lewie Coyle's poor clearing header fell to Bradden Inman who blasted the ball through the defender's legs and past Alex Cairns in the 48th minute.

Dale completed the quick-fire turnaround in the 53rd minute as Joe Bunney's cross from the right was nodded home by Ian Henderson.

It went from bad to worse for Town as they found themselves down to 10 men as referee Brooks, just moments after failing to award Fleetwood a penalty as Hunter appeared to be felled in the box, sent substitute Burns off for an apparent two-footed challenge on Callum Camps though the forward looked to have won the ball in the 65th minute.

That led to a fiery atmosphere but Fleetwood never gave up, with the lively Hunter whipping a tantalising cross in for Cole to fire home his eighth of the campaign in the 84th minute with Rosler's side deservedly taking a point.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 12Bolger
  • 6PondSubstituted forMcAlenyat 79'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 2Coyle
  • 8Dempsey
  • 4O'Neill
  • 11GrantSubstituted forHunterat 59'minutes
  • 3Bell
  • 7Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forBurnsat 54'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 44Cole

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 9Burns
  • 10McAleny
  • 18Glendon
  • 22Hunter
  • 23Schwabl
  • 38Cargill

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 29DanielsSubstituted forRaffertyat 45'minutes
  • 4McNulty
  • 6McGahey
  • 39Bunney
  • 12Williams
  • 10Camps
  • 40Henderson
  • 16DoneSubstituted forWilliamsat 69'minutes
  • 9Andrew
  • 17Inman

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 3Ntlhe
  • 7Slew
  • 11Williams
  • 14Rathbone
  • 19Davies
  • 22Moore
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
3,260

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Rochdale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Rochdale 2.

Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Williams (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Harrison McGahey (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Alex Cairns.

Attempt saved. Jordan Williams (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, Rochdale 2. Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Hunter with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Conor McAleny replaces Nathan Pond.

Attempt missed. Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Williams (Rochdale).

Foul by Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town).

Bradden Inman (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town).

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Joe Bunney.

Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jordan Williams replaces Matt Done.

Delay in match Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town).

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Callum Camps (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) is shown the red card.

Foul by Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town).

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by M.J. Williams (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ashley Hunter replaces Bobby Grant.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan1310122571831
2Shrewsbury139401991031
3Bradford138232316726
4Rotherham1380524131124
5Charlton127232015523
6Oxford Utd136342214821
7Peterborough126242218420
8Portsmouth136251814420
9Fleetwood126242221120
10Blackburn11614159619
11Blackpool125431714319
12Scunthorpe13544129319
13Bristol Rovers136072324-118
14MK Dons135261217-517
15Southend134451725-816
16Walsall133641722-515
17Oldham124171826-813
18Doncaster133371516-112
19Bury123361518-312
20Rochdale132651216-412
21Wimbledon13337614-812
22Gillingham13247716-910
23Northampton13229823-158
24Plymouth13139922-136
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