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Fleetwood 2-1 Barnet
Another home win against strugglers Barnet who played most of the match with 10 men. The Port Vale game made me reconsider my expectations for the seasons, and this just confirmed my belief that the squad last season was of a better standard.
Manager Mellon rang the changes, bringing in Ball, Marrow and Barkhuisen. Fleetwood started sloppy and conceeded a goal with more sloppy play, following on from the Port Vale home match. The equaliser came via the pen spot with Ball calmly slotting home after the Barnet keeper was adjudged to have made a professional foul. From here on in, it was supposed to be one way traffic but in truth, Fleetwood struggled to break down Barnet's ten men, despite them not having won a game all season.
The stark reality is, the players performing this season were all part of last years squad. I found myself asking, would Magno Viera or Seddon be more useful up front? What has happened to out midfield? It took an old experienced player in Milligan to produce the three points. As soon as he came on, he provided what was glaringly missing up to that point, a decent delivery.
So looking at the summer transfer business, the loss of Vardy was always going to be tough but I can't indentify anyone brought into the midfield or attacking line-up that offers anything better than last year. If Fleetwood are serious about a play-off spot, I think a swift reassessment of the personnel is a must
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