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Season review: October

15 May 2015

The local derby at Deepdale was the game of the month

The month of October began with a 1-0 win at Highbury against Port Vale, as a solitary goal penalty from Stephen Dobbie sealed victory against the Staffordshire outfit.

Graham Alexander’s boys were back on the road again for their next encounter, making the long journey down to Essex to play Colchester United, only to depart the U’s empty handed despite taking the lead.

On-loan forward Liam McAlinden edged Fleetwood into the lead after 18 minutes, but Gavin Massey was on hand to win the game for the hosts as he netted a brace, with his strikes coming in the 40th and 76th minute respectively.

The Cod Army would return to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory at home to Doncaster Rovers in their next fixture.

Dobbie netted for Town after eleven minutes, but that lead was short lived as Nathan Tyson equalised for Paul Dickov’s side on 17 minutes.

McAlinden restored the advantage for the hosts after tapping home David Ball’s cross after 37 minutes for his first strike at Highbury.

Ball would later get his goal after providing two assists for the previous goals, when he converted McAlinden’s cross with a sumptuous backheel.

Milton Keynes would be the next destination for Fleetwood, and despite taking the lead in the game courtesy of Ball’s 52nd minute lob, Town were beaten by goals from Kyle McFadzean and Benik Afobe.

Following the disappointment of the defeat to Karl Robinson’s Dons, the Cod Army were back on the road in their final game of the month when they travelled to Preston North End.

On a historic day at Deepdale, Town found themselves two to the good after just eight minutes. Stevie Jordan’s early header was followed by an own goal from Scott Laird as Alexander’s return to Deepdale got off to a perfect start.

But Fleetwood couldn’t hold on, and Joe Garner’s 19 minute hat-trick in the second half turned the game on its head for PNE.

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