Fleetwood 1 Rochdale 1

Highbury Stadium
Highbury Stadium

Victor Nirennold will make his Fleetwood Town debut as they face Rochdale at Highbury.

Jamille Matt left it late to salvage a point for Fleetwood Town - Chris Maxwell’s late penalty saving securing them a 1-1 draw with Rochdale.

The first half was a real stalemate - neither side creating any clear cut chances.

Jimmy Ryan went closest for Fleetwood, creating space and firing into the side netting from the edge of the box.

The second half started at a higher tempo, Amari’i Bell muscling his way into the box only to have his cross blocked.

It was Fleetwood doing all the work but Dale who grabbed the lead, Ian Henderson discovering space on the left, Peter Vincenti unmarked at the back post to head home from close range.

Jamie Proctor led a Fleetwood fightback - his close range effort coming back off the woodwork.

Graham Alexander threw on three attacking substitutes as Town chased an equaliser

Jamille Matt nearly provided, Josh Lillis coming to the rescue to tip his looping header over the bar.

But Dale couldn’t hold out forever, Matt rising at the back post to nod home a Bobby Grant corner - a just reward for sustained pressure.

There was almost a late twist, Vincenti tumbling inside the box under the challenge of Eggert Jonsson, Chris Maxwell salvaging a point for the hosts with a superb low save to deny Henderson.

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander was delighted to see his side battle back against an experienced Dale side.

“I think a point was a fair result,” he said.

“Rochdale took the lead and a team of their experience will hope to see out the game.

“Our players never gave up.

“We were a thorn in the side of Rochdale in the last 20 minutes, probably for longer spells in the game.

“We created so many problems for them - we hit the post, their keeper’s made a fantastic save and eventually we’ve got our reward.,

“Then we almost threw it away right at the end - a poor penalty to concede.

“But we’ve got one of the best keepers in this league and he’s made a fantastic save.”

The Fleetwood boss hailed the impact his substitutes made.

“We have to be better than we were in conceding the goal,” he said.

“They haven’t worked to get into that position.

“It’s something we have to do better.

“But I was pleased for the players, the three subs who came on made an impact.

“That was a turning point of the game and they’ve deserved to get something from it.

“Jamille Matt deserves his goal, he was absolutely suberb, almost unplayable.”