Town’s spot of bother

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A penalty proved the decider as Fleetwood Town continued their losing start to pre-season – Borussia Dortmund B giving the League One side a tough workout.

Town are yet to find the net, despite now having played 180 minutes of football.

And they handed Borussia Dortmund’s second string victory in the opening match of their pre-season tour giving away not one but two spot kicks.

It was a spirited display from Graham Alexander’s side , who last week lost to AFC Fylde.

And Town will feel hard done by when Jamille Matt looked to be fouled to win Fleetwood a spot kick of their own.

But, as Alexander pointed out after last Thursday’s reverse at Kellamergh Park, results mean nothing at this stage – fitness and cohesion the goal of Fleetwood’s seven day stay on the continent.

From that respect this was another good workout in preparation for the new season, Town’s second in League One.

Alexander named a 4-4-2 formation, with a diamond midfield. Youth product Keano Deacon started at the point of the midfield, with a strike force of Declan McManus and Jamille Matt.

Borussia Dortmund named three players in their squad that travelled with the first team to Asia earlier this summer.

A strong contingent had travelled from Lancashire for the clash and , the Cod Army were right behind Fleetwood Town in their first of two matches on their pre-season tour of Germany.

Fleetwood made a bright start in the German sunshine and saw a lot of possession, with summer recruit Jimmy Ryan pulling the strings in the heart of the midfield.

The first opportunity came in the third minute when an effort from a Fleetwood trialist, the only one on the tour of Germany, was blocked by a black and yellow shirt.

As time ticked off, BVB gradually came into the match and Maxwell had to be alert on a couple of occasions to prevent the hosts from taking the lead.

However on the quarter hour mark, Fleetwood came within a whisker of taking the lead.

Youngster Deacon, who impressed throughout, played a defence cutting pass to Declan McManus, only for the striker to have his shot palmed away by the goalkeeper.

Only two minutes later and the Scottish striker was at it again, this time stinging the palms of the opposition goalkeeper with a fierce drive from the edge of the ‘D’.

However, in the 25th minute, Dortmund were awarded a penalty kick when Nathan Pond was alleged to have committed a foul.

But the in form Maxwell was not to be beaten though with a fine save to prevent BVB from taking the lead.

Five minutes later there was drama in the other penalty box when Jamille Matt was pushed over by a Dortmund defender, appeals waved away by the referee.

Town continued to put the pressure on as midfielder Antoni Sarcevic went in on goal in the 39th minute, again to be denied by Dortmund’s shot stopper.

Town looked likely to at least go in level.

But, as was the case at Fylde, they conceded within sight of the break.

,Dortmund were awarded their second penalty of the match on the half time whistle. This time Maxwell was unable to keep the ball out of the net and it proved to be the decisive strike of the game.

Into the second half and Vamara Sanogo was introduced for Matt after a solid 45 minutes from the striker following a long spell out with injury.

The Frenchman made an immediate impact with a close range opportunity as Town pushed for a deserved equaliser.

Fleetwood continued to see a lot of the ball but were unable to break down a resilient German defence.

Dortmund themselves were having a look in on goal but Fleetwood’s defence stood strong in what was a tight second half.

With just under half an hour to play, Alexander made a number of changes to enable his subs to get minutes under their belts.

Only Maxwell, Pond and the Trialist remained from the team that started the match.

Despite some positive play and excellent work rate, Fleetwood were unable to find an equalising goal as the game finished 1-0 to the hosts.

Fleetwood:

Maxwell, McLaughlin, Pond, Jonsson, Bell, Ryan, Sarcevic, Deacon, Trialist, McManus, Matt.

Subs: Moore, Forbes, Jordan, Andrew, Cartwright, Sanogo, Wright, Haughton, Sowerby.