Antoni Sarcevic’s first goal since Fleetwood’s glory day at Wembley completed a well-earned fightback against Sheffield United
Fleetwood found themselves very much second best in the opening exchanges and had the woodwork to thank when Michael Doyle’s early effort bounced back of the post.
United’s one-touch football was making life difficult, Town struggling to contain the visitors who were able to pass at will in the final third.
And it was no surprise when former Blackpool man Bob Harris capitalised, a low drive into the bottom right hand corner leaving Maxwell with no chance.
Town did summon their fighting spirit in response but couldn’t break down the Blades, two long-range drives from Jamie Proctor all they could muster in the opening 45 minutes - Maxwell denying Jamie Murphy at the other end.
A different Fleetwood side emerged after the break, Gareth Evans and Matty Hughes almost combining to level the scores, the young forward just unable to pounce after Mark Howard spilled a swerving shot.
But the equaliser was coming, Josh Morris the provider, Antoni Sarcevic the man providing the crucial touch.
His looping header was just the tonic for Town, Sarcevic on the scoresheet for the first time since Wembley.
Town turned up the head and could have gone ahead when Proctor danced into the box, a low drive leaving Howard stranded but drifting past the far post.
Sarcevic could have snatched it with 10 minutes remaining, a dazzling run and a stinging finish, Howard parrying into the path of Matty Hughes who fluffed his lines at the big moment.
Sub Nick Haughton looks every bit a player ready for League One and could have had the final say five minutes before the whistle, chesting the ball down 25 yards from goal and unleashing a volley which took the paint off the crossbar.