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Season Review: October

18 May 2016

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Steven Pressley was appointed the Club's new manager

Following Graham Alexander’s dismissal as manager of the Cod Army, Chris Lucketti and Barry Nicholson were put in charge of first team affairs away to Scunthorpe at the start of October.

In what was a tight affair at Glanford Park, Paddy Madden’s sixth goal of the season on 68 minutes proved to be the difference for Mark Robins’ side.

Steven Pressley was named Fleetwood Town’s new manager on Tuesday 6th October, and he watched from the stands as his new team beat Shrewsbury in the JPT.

Former Cod Army played Junior Brown gave the Shrews the lead in the first half, before goals from Ash Hunter and a late strike from Bobby Grant ensured the Club’s passage into the next round.

Pressley’s first game in the dugout was against his former side Coventry City, and it was to be late heartbreak for the Scotsman as Town lost the game in the 90th minute.

George Thomas’s shot was initially blocked by Chris Maxwell but rebounded in off on loan defender Richard Wood before creeping over the line.

Town emphatically put four goals past Burton Albion in their next game, as Grant’s doubled helped them to a deserved win over the Brewers at Highbury.

Jamie Proctor opened the scoring just before the break after a tight first period, but the second was one of domination as Grant scored twice while Hunter added a fourth.

The Cod Army’s next game was against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, and it was a fixture which started in the worst possible way as Che Adams scored after just a minute.

He then slotted home to double the lead from close range in the second half, before Billy Sharp made sure of the points on 72 minutes.

Pressley’s men responded to defeat against the Blades in the best possible way as they narrowly beat Barnsley at Oakwell thanks to Proctor’s cool finish.

The striker collected the ball inside the opposition half, before out-foxing Tykes defender Marc Roberts and slotting past Nick Townsend.

October ended on a sour note however as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s goal ensured victory for Chesterfield when they traveled to the Fylde Coast.

The experienced forward was on hand in the box to tap home from close range, and it was a result which saw Town slip into the relegation zone.

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