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PREVIEW: FLEETWOOD TOWN (A)

19 February 2016

The Iron will be hoping to make it five wins in a row when they travel to play Fleetwood on Saturday.

Goals from Gary McSheffrey and Jim O’Brien secured a 2-0 win at play-off chasing Millwall in midweek to maintain Nick Daws and Andy Dawson’s 100% record.

They will travel to a Fleetwood side that is hovering just above the relegation zone in a bid to extend that record.

Fleetwood have not won in their last five matches, but have not conceded in their last two following 0-0 draws against Port Vale and Shrewsbury.

They have added loanees Wes Burns and Bob Harris as well as Shola Ameobi to their ranks in the hope that they will help them to League One safety.



Scott Wiseman missed the trip to Millwall with a stomach complaint but will hope to be back in contention for the trip to Fleetwood.

Forward Luke Williams missed the game as well, and will be monitored ahead of the trip to the Fylde coast.




Experienced striker Shola Ameobi will hope that his wealth of top level football can provide a much needed boost to struggling Fleetwood.

The forward signed last month on a deal until the end of the season following his departure from Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

Ameobi started his career at Newcastle where he went on to play nearly 400 games and scored 79 times in his 14 year spell at the club.

He departed the club for Turkey in 2014/15, but returned to England later that season to link up with former boss Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

The 34-year-old left in June though and was without a club until joining Bolton in October, scoring twice in his time with them.

The powerful striker is a full Nigerian international and has been capped on ten occasions, scoring twice for the Super Eagles.



The Iron came from behind twice to secure a point on their visit to Fleetwood last season, battling back to earn a 2-2 draw.

Jamie Proctor headed the hosts into the lead after just three minutes, but United managed to go in level at the break.

Midfielder Gary McSheffrey fired home on the stroke of half-time to level, but the hosts soon battled their way into the lead again.

Josh Morris curled in from the edge of the area to put Fleetwood in control, although it proved short-lived as the Iron hit back quickly.

On loan midfielder George Evans scored just three minutes later to earn the Iron a point in very challenging conditions.



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