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Preview: Peterborough (H)

7 February 2015

Fleetwood Town 1-1 Peterborough United

Fleetwood Town fought back to earn a deserved point against Peterborough United with Mark Roberts nodding a 79th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Highbury Stadium.

Darren Ferguson’s side, with his father Sir Alex in attendance, took the lead in the 65th minute through a stunning strike from Joe Newell.

Town were not to be denied a share of the spoils though, with Nick Haughton delivering an impressive performance on his first full start for the Club on home soil.

Conor McLaughlin delivered an excellent cross in the latter stages for skipper Roberts to power home a close range header.

After the equaliser Fleetwood pushed for a winner and were almost rewarded as substitute Ashley Hunter, another young Cod Army player, putting a peach of a cross in for Jamie Proctor only to rattle the bar with four minutes to play.

Graham Alexander made two changes to the side that started at Ashton Gate last Sunday. Stephen Crainey came in for Tyler Forbes while David Ball replaced Liam McAlinden upfront to start against his former employers.

The visitors started brightly and after Marcus Maddison had seen a free-kick effort well saved by Maxwell, Luke James thought he had opened the scoring before being denied by the offside flag.

Haughton was leading the charge for the Cod Army and almost scored with 20 minutes on the clock.

After winning a free-kick with a clever bit of skill to get away from Harry Beautyman, he put his effort just wide of Scott Loach’s post as he scampered across his line to see it wide as the first half ended goalless.

The 20-year-old continued to menace Peterborough after the break creating a hat-trick of chances, two coming from the right wing.

The first cross fell to Proctor who under pressure laid it off to Jeff Hughes who could only shoot over from 20 yards before Ball failed to connect to a low cross at the front post moments later.

The final move saw Haughton feed Gareth Evans who forced Loach into a save low to his right from an angle inside the visitors’ box.

In a bid to thwart the youngster, Peterborough brought Jack Payne on for Jermaine Anderson in the heart of the midfield and the change made a difference as the Posh took the lead through Newell.

In search for an equaliser, Evans was withdrawn and Hunter and Haughton was taken off in place of Dobbie, with both subs playing a key impact.

Immediately after Dobbie’s arrival, McLaughlin went down the right before assisting captain Roberts to draw the sides level with his second goal of the season.

The result keeps Town 11th ahead of Tuesday evening’s trip to Oakwell to face 14th placed Barnsley.


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