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Report: Cole double seals win over AFC Wimbledon

19 August 2017

A goal in each half from Devante Cole sealed Fleetwood Town’s third win from three games in Sky Bet League One, defeating AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at Highbury.

Cole – who was recalled to the starting line-up after scoring the winner at Northampton Town last week – netted twice to secure all three points for the Cod Army.

Uwe Rosler made two changes to the side that beat Northampton last Saturday. Aiden O’Neill and Cole were in from the start, with George Glendon and Conor McAleny missing out. Kyle Dempsey was also making his 50th appearance in all competitions for the club.

The game started in blustery conditions, with both sides looking to keep the ball on the floor, with the proving more difficult than normal.

The visitors threatened early on from set pieces, with Deji Oshilaja twice finding space in the area but scuffing his effort on two occasions.

Then came the opening goal. The ball started at the back with Alex Cairns, who rolled it out to Cian Bolger, who in turn slid the ball to Dempsey in the midfield. A neat exchange between Dempsey and Hiwula saw the ball find its way to Cole, who cut inside on his right foot and bent the ball past Dons keeper George Long.

Ashley Eastham and Cian Bolger both had shots from outside the area without troubling Long, with Town evidently on top.  

A quick throw-in from Coyle found Bobby Grant, who shot wide just before the break which kept the score at 1-0 at half-time.

The second half started the same way as the first, with the wind causing problems but with Rosler’s side now with it at their backs.

Cole then secured the win with a stunning goal. He cut inside the hapless Dons defender Paul Robinson and bent the ball expertly past Long. A stunning goal which was never going to be saved.

The visitors rallied in the final half an hour, and went close on a couple of occasions from the lively Lyle Taylor, but it was to be Town who ran our comfortable winners.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Coyle, Bell, O’Neill, Eastham, Pond, Hiwula, Dempsey, Grant, Bolger, Cole.

AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Oshilaja, Robinson, Francomb, Abdou, McDonald, Barcham, Kennedy, Hartigan, Taylor.

Ref: Mr J Brooks

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