BRADFORD cITY failed to overcome their 10-man hosts and fell to their fourth defeat of the season.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” said Bantams chief Michael Collins following the defeat.
“I thought we had a better look about us, certainly in organisation. I saw the fight and desire I wanted but the decision-making at times was poor and the execution at key moments let us down.
“I didn’t think there was too much in the game but I thought Fleetwood made better decisions and their execution was better than ours and that’s disappointing.”
Joey Barton tasted victory at Highbury for the first time after a controversial affair on the Fylde Coast.
Referee Andy Haines had a busy first half, chalking off Ched Evans’s effort for handball after just two minutes. Evans soon got himself on the scoresheet, bundling the ball home from Ashley Hunter’s cross in the 12th minute.
I saw the fight and desire I wanted but the decision-making at times was poor and the execution at key moments let us down.Michael Collins
Haines then awarded a disputed penalty after Jason Holt was adjudged to have fouled George Miller, enabling Eoin Doyle to net his first goal since joining from Preston in the summer, sliding the penalty past Alex Cairns in the 23rd minute.
Fleetwood had Wes Burns sent off for a strong challenge on Adam Chicksen in the 43rd minute.
They refused to roll over and restored their lead just three minutes into the second half as Hunter pounced on a cross from Evans.
Fleetwood Town: Cairns, Coyle, Eastham, Morgan, Husband, Burns, Holt, Marney, Hunter (Wallace 80), Evans (Long 85), Madden (Spurr 87). Unused substitutes: Subs Not Used: McAleny, Paul Jones, Biggins, Sheron.
Bradford City: O’Donnell, Mellor, McGowan (Gibson 62), O’Connor, Chicksen, Colville, Akpan, Wright (Wood 62), Payne (Brunker 74), Doyle, Miller. Unused substitutes: Riley, Poppler-Isherwood, Sykes-Kenworthy, O’Brien.
Referee: A Haines (Tyne & Wear).