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Report | Fleetwood Town 2-2 Dale

18 August 2018

Ian Henderson’s last gasp strike secured a 2-2 draw against Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.

The hosts went ahead shortly before the half hour mark through Paddy Madden, before Henderson equalised from the spot after he had been brought down in the area.

Fleetwood were soon back in front after Ched Evans’ close range rebound, but Henderson struck again in the final minute of five added on to claim a point for Dale.

Keith Hill made two changes to the side that beat Grimsby Town 2-0 in the Carabao Cup in midweek, as Bradden Inman and Aaron Wilbraham returned to the starting line-up.

Dale started the game on top, having the majority of the play inside the opening 20 minutes, going close through an acrobatic Ian Henderson effort when he met a Joe Rafferty cross at the back post.

David Perkins headed an Inman free-kick goalwards, before Inman himself had a shot from inside the area blocked as it was goalbound, whilst Ched Evans saw a touch goalwards deflected over the crossbar by Ryan Delaney.

Fresh off scoring a brace in midweek, Ollie Rathbone must have thought he’d broke the deadlock when his sweetly struck shot from distance was superbly turned over the bar by home stopper Alex Cairns.

The hosts then took the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute. Ashley Hunter’s whipped ball took a couple of touches on its way past Josh Lillis, with Madden claiming the final one.

Kgosi Ntlhe had a half-chance to equalise three minutes later when he met Wilbraham’s cross to the back post, but sent his header wide.

Hunter and Evans both fired efforts off target, whilst Callum Camps replaced Inman shortly before the break for Dale.

Four minutes after the restart and Dale were awarded a penalty, when Henderson was brought down as he tried to latch on to Rathbone’s through ball.

Henderson took the penalty himself and powered it straight down the middle to level matters.

However, parity only lasted six minutes as the home side retook the lead. Hunter’s run and shot at goal was parried by Lillis into the path of Evans, who converted from close range.

Fleetwood substitute Wes Burns flashed an effort just past the post, before Calvin Andrew, who had replaced Rathbone, saw a well struck first time effort held by Cairns.

Dale kept pushing in search of an equaliser, but time seemed to be running out, especially when Wilbraham saw an effort at goal turned behind for a corner.

However, in the final minute of five added on, the equaliser came from skipper Henderson.

David Perkins clipped a ball back into the area from the resulting corner, which Andrew headed across goal. The ball fell kindly for Henderson who smashed home clinically beyond Cairns, in front of the jubilant travelling Dale supporters, to claim a share of the spoils.


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