Fleetwood 0 Coventry 2

Liam McAlinden starts for Fleetwood

Liam McAlinden starts for Fleetwood

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Two late goals halted Fleetwood Town in their tracks - Coventry City bringing their play-off push to a crashing halt.

Town were second best for long periods against a slick passing Sky Blues outfit, looking set to dodge the drop under new boss Tony Mowbray.

Still, the home side could have been ahead at the break, Jamie Proctor with a bullet header, hooked off the line by Chris Stokes.

The Coventry forward was a menace in more ways that one, coming close to opening the scoring twice in the second half, first forcing a smart save from Chris Maxwell, rattling the crossbar from ther resulting corner.

The game looked to be drifting to a stalemate when Coventry finally grabbed the initiative, Fleetwood torn open down their right, on-loan Reading striker Dominic Samuel slotting low under the body of Maxwell to boost the Sky Blues survival hopes.

Town then cracked and conceded a second, a sloppy backpass catching Maxwell out, the keeper hesitant, slamming his clearance against Frank Nouble, the loose ball hitting the post before the striker bundled it home.

Town boss Graham Alexander admitted it was a point dropped but refused to be too downbeat, with a trip to Valley Parade in the offing.

He said: “I think it’s a point lost.

“I don’t think we did enough to win the game.

“I think Coventry were a cracking team and popped the ball around without really hurting us.

“We felt good about that because with 10 minutes to go it looked like a point would be a good one for us.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t get one and with the goals we’ve conceded.

“But the lads can’t get too down tonight, they’ve been beaten by a good side.

“There wasn’t much goal-mouth action from either team, not much going on at both ends.

“You get games like that but when you get games like that it’s important not to concede.”

He insisting the Cod Army are just enjoying the ride in their debut League One campaign.

“We’re not going to get too down about it.

“We know we’re going to have disappointing days.

“Today is one of those.

“But there’s always Saturday and we’ve got nine games to go.

“We’ve got to try and take as many points as possible from them.

“We’ve just got to enjoy where we are and what we’re doing.”