Swindon 1 Fleetwood 0

Martin Paterson starts for Fleetwood
Martin Paterson starts for Fleetwood

A late header denied Fleetwood Town a deserved point against the high-flying Robins.

A late header denied Fleetwood Town a deserved point against the high-flying Robins.

Swindon played the better football in the first 45 minutes but it was Fleetwood who created the cleared chances.

Martin Paterson should have scored when he went one-on-one with Wes Foderingham, the on-loan forward hesitating before pulling the trigger, allowing the Robins stopper to find his position.

It was to be the last opportunity for the Huddersfield striker who pulled up short inside the box on his next charge forward, a suspected hamstring problem ending his afternoon and giving Graham Alexander yet another striker headache.

Stephen Dobbie was his replacement and he could have given Town the lead in the fourth minute of added time at the end of the first half.

Town broke with number, Evans and McLaughlin strong down the right, a cross finding three Fleetwood players in the middle, none able to get enough of a connection to beat the keeper.

Jon Obika forced the only save of the half from Chris Maxwell , a low shot from 18 yards almost squirming in at the near post.

That was despite the endevours of tricky wing back Nathan Byrne who did his best to dismantle Fleetwood single-handedly.

The home side turned up the pressure after the break, Harry Toffolo and Nathan Byrne creating havoc down the flanks.

Obika blasted over from distance with Town defending deep, relying increasigly on scrappy breaks for their own chances.

The breakthrough came late and was cruel.

A short corner, Toffolo with the cross, substitute Ben Gladwin rising to head home, his run unchecked.

Dobbie nearly levelled with a late free kick, fractions of inches wide after Nick Haughton was felled.

It was a last ditch effort which would have provided a spectacular and deserved equaliser.

Instead Town suffered an eighth away defeat in nine games - a fortnight’s break giving Graham Alexander plenty of food for thought.