ANDY Mangan’s late goal was enough to extend Fleetwood Town’s winning run against ten-man Northampton Town.
The Cobblers fought an hour-long defensive battle following the dismissal of Daniel East for a second yellow card after just 29 minutes.
And their determination looked to have paid off before Mangan, two minutes into injury time, rose at the back post to head home Fleetwood’s winner.
It was no more than the home side deserved, having, three times previously, had efforts chalked off.
Twice in the first half Jamie McGuire netted for Fleetwood, both headers disallowed for offside.
Junior Brown looked to have grabbed the lead with ten minutes remaining, the linesman, however, judged the winger to have taken the ball out of play before slotting it past Lee Nicholls in the Northampton goal.
Hat-trick hero from last week, Jon Parkin lasted just 30 minutes, withdrawn as a precaution by Micky Mellon having persistently drawn the referee’s attention and earned a booking of his own.
Replacement Steven Gillespie came close for Fleetwood late on, but he could only blast over from Shaun Beeley’s cross.
Victory takes Fleetwood to third in npower League Two.