Fleetwood 5 Swindon 1

Tariqe Fosu celebrates his goal
Tariqe Fosu celebrates his goal
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Fleetwood Town hauled themselves out of the drop zone as they smashed Swindon Town at Highbury

Loan duo Tariqe Fosu and David Henen grabbed a goal each in a marauding second half display.

Belgian Henen, on loan from Everton, could have had Fleetwood two goals to the good in the opening five minutes, twice getting in behind the Robins but unable to beat Lawrence Vigouroux.

Fleetwood survived an early scare as Nicky Ajose left Joe Davis in his wake, Chris Maxwell pulling off a crucial save, and gradually imposed themselves, containing Swindon pressure and breaking with venom.

And when Henen surged in from the right they grabbed the lead, Adam El-Abd, at the near post, with the final touch, the opener going down as an own goal but all Henen's handiwork.

Fleetwood briefly looked like shooting themselves in the foot, with a spate of suicidal passing after the break.

But they soon forced open the floodgates.

David Ball was taken out by Vigouroux, the keeper sliding through the striker's legs.

Antoni Sarcevic showed composure from the penalty spot to double the lead.

Confidence flowed into Fleetwood and they were soon out of sight.

Sarcevic picked out the run of Henen who hammered home to make it three.

Then Jimmy Ryan pounced on a loose ball and found Fosu who curled and slotted low past the Swindon keeper - Fleetwood's fourth four-goal haul of the campaign.

From there the hosts took their foot off the gas, Fosu, Ball and Henen all making way.

And as the sting went out of Fleetwood, Swindon grabbed a consolation, Ajose, their brightest outlet flicking the ball past Maxwell from close range.

The scoring wasn't over, Bobby Grant leaving the best for last, picking the ball up 25 yards out and curling a shot into the top corner - a sweet left foot finish.

Tyler Forbes might even have made it six, stinging the palms of Vigouroux in added time.

The win takes Fleetwood out of the bottom four. With a home game against Millwall and a trip to struggling Blackpool to come, many are sensing a chance to pull clear of the drop zone.

Boss Steven Pressley was happy to commend a 'complete' performance but knows Fleetwood cannot rest on their laurels.

He said: "It was an outstanding results and an outstanding performance.

"I think since I've come to the club that was our most complete performance.

"That's two games in a week now where we've performed really well against top teams.

"In the past it's only really been over 45 minutes but over 90 minutes here we've played with suchintensity, such purpose and a lot of belief and we were really exciting to watch.

I know the game was 5-1 but the reality was it could have been nine or 10.

"When the supporters come here they have to see us play with that real intent.

"I was delighted.

"The only downside for me was that we lost the goal.

"We have to keep driving standards, it has to be 5-0 not 5-1.

"But I'll take the win because wins give you confidence.

"I think the manner of the win will give us a great deal of confidence.

"But we can't dwell on it, it's straight on to Tuesday night now.

"We have to make sure we give a similar kind of performance."