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Preview: Millwall (H)

24 November 2015

Fleetwood Town 2-1 Millwall

Fleetwood Town made it two wins out of two for only the second time this season with a deserved victory over Millwall at Highbury this evening.

Eggert Jonsson put Town ahead midway through the second half, as he met Tarique Fosu’s expertly executed drilled ball to head home at the back post.

Substitute Bobby Grant doubled the lead late on as his corner from the right went straight in at the front post.

In what was the first ever meeting between the two clubs, manager Steven Pressley named an unchanged team from the side that beat Swindon 5-1 at the weekend.

This meant on-loan Everton man David Henen spearheaded the front line alongside Reading loanee Fosu and David Ball.

Town started the game brightly and spent much of the opening period in the visiting half; Henen going the closest when played in on goal.

The home side were very much in control and were playing some neat possession football, with midfield and attack linking up well.

Ball later had an opportunity to put his side ahead when he latched onto a pass down the right and forced keeper Jordan Archer into a good save.

The visitors started to press Town around their own box as the half wore on, but Antoni Sarcevic found space and drove forward before shooting fiercely at Archer.

At the end of a first half that Fleetwood dominated, Millwall nearly dealt the Cod Army a sucker punch as Steve Morison rattled the bar.
 
Using the wind to his advantage, the experienced centre forward directed a looping header goal bound from the edge of the penalty box, catching Chris Maxwell off guard.

Henen tested Archer early into the second period, as he stung the palms of the shot stopper from 25 yards after Town broke forward.

The Lions’ best chance of the game came on 48 minutes, when the ball dropped kindly for Aiden O’Brien in the area but he shot over from a good position.

Joe Davis then sent a crashing header just over the bar from Fosu’s corner, as Town upped the ante on their London counterparts.

In response, Neil Harris’ side worked the ball well down the right before teeing up Shaun Williams who shot wide of the target.

Jonsson was the next to go close for the Cod Army, as his strike from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar by Archer.

And it was to be Jonsson himself who would open the scoring on 66 minutes, as he connected with Fosu’s drilled ball to head home at the back post.

The goal gave Town even more confidence, and Fosu, who had been a nightmare for the Lions’ defence all game, drew a smart stop out of Archer from a free kick.

Williams went ever so close to equalising for the visitors, when his rasping effort from distance flew just wide of the top corner.

Grant sealed the win with only a minute to play, as his corner from the right hand side went straight in at the front post.




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