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Alexander delighted with win

Graham Alexander praised his side for a disciplined performance at Spotland, where Fleetwood ran out 2-1 winners against Rochdale.

A first-half penalty from Antoni Sarcevic and an 83rd-minute header from skipper Mark Roberts, either side of Scott Hogan's leveller for the home side, proved enough to earn the three points for the visitors.

Victory lifted Fleetwood into the automatic play-off places and left Alexander a satisfied man.

"It's a good feeling tonight because we came here to play a very good team and I thought we were excellent," he said.

"I was really disappointed to concede a goal from a set-piece but apart from that I thought we kept them at arms' length as much as possible, because they are a good side.

"The discipline from our players was really good and they have all played their part in a really good performance.

"It was a cagey start but we grew into the game and played the way we wanted to play and I just thought in the second half we created the better chances."

After a chanceless opening 20 minutes, Fleetwood edged ahead when referee Richard Clark awarded a spot-kick for a foul on Charles Taylor by Rhys Bennett.

Sarcevic fired home a hard, low drive from the penalty spot, beating Josh Lillis despite the goalkeeper guessing the right way.

The home side were level in the 40th minute, though, as Ian Henderson's corner from the left was headed goalward by Ashley Eastham and Hogan reacted sharply, flicking the ball into the net from close range.

Nathan Tyson wasted a good opportunity just before the break when, unmarked at the back post, he headed Taylor's cross high and wide.

Fleetwood went even closer in the 48th minute when Gareth Evans found Sarcevic at the back post with just Lillis to beat, but he drilled a first-time effort against the upright and Dale were off the hook.

But when Junior Brown's free-kick seven minutes from time was headed against the post by Nathan Pond, Roberts was there to capitalise, stooping low to head the ball across the line.