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3 January 2015

Fleetwood Town 2-2 Swindon Town

A brace from Josh Morris saw Fleetwood pick up a deserved point against league leaders Swindon Town.

Morris, who was playing what could be his last game for the Cod Army, with his loan spell from Blackburn now complete, grabbed two second half goals before Andy Williams and Louis Thompson pulled the Robins level. Thompson’s leveller coming with just two minutes to play.

Morris’ first capped a bright start to the second half for Town as he emphatically finished after being played in by an exquisite backheel by Jamie Proctor.

The Preston born midfielder then doubled his and the Cod Army’s account as he lashed in a low Stephen Dobbie cross that a minute before the hour mark.

Andy Williams pulled one back for Swindon to set up a nervy finale as his effort from a Harry Toffolo cross was deflected past Chris Maxwell by Mark Roberts.

The visitors, who fought hard grabbed a point with moments remaining as Gladwin’s cross from the left was stabbed in at the back post by Thompson.

It was Maxwell though who had been the hero in the first half saving from a Michael Smith penalty after John Swift’s dazzling run in the Town box was ended by Stephen Jordan.

Graham Alexander made one change from the win over Rochdale with Antoni Sarcevic replacing Tom Hitchcock who returned to MK Dons after his loan came to an end. New signing Mason Springthorpe was named amongst the substitutes.

Prior to kick-off Highbury stood for a minute’s applause to remember the Fleetwood Town fans who sadly passed in the previous year.

In the opening period the promotion chasing Robins had plenty of possession but Town remained resolute and when the defence was breached Maxwell and the post saved the day.

First Swift beat three players before Jordan slid in as the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Maxwell though was at his best to deny Smith keeping out his penalty that had looked destined for the bottom right corner.

Toffolo had the visitors’ other good chance after being played in by Andy Williams but found the post rather than Maxwell’s bottom left corner.

The Cod Army were limited to breakaways in the first half with a Gareth Evans’ effort from the edge of the Swindon penalty area that found Foderingham being the closest Town came.

After the break Town improved and moments after feeling he should have had a penalty Proctor played in Morris to open the scoring on what could be his final game in a Fleetwood shirt.

Morris added his second 11 minutes later with a similar finish to his first. The only difference the supplier as Dobbie rolled a ball across the penalty area asking to be put away, Morris duly obliged.

The visitors got back in it through their top scorer, Williams, against the run of play following a left wing cross by Toffolo.

Shortly after the goal Alexander opted to go on the front foot bringing on the lively Matty Hughes for Dobbie.

Cooper also made changes bringing on Jonathon Obika and Anton Rodgers, the son of Liverpool manager Brendan who was in attendance, on for Smith and Swift respectively.

Town were unable to hold on though with Thompson grabbing a late point despite Fleetwood’s second half dominance.

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