Despite holding Charlton Athletic for long periods on Saturday, Fleetwood eventually fell to a 2-0 defeat at The Valley.
The loss was only their second in their last seven fixtures though, which has seen Stephen Crainey’s side climb out of the relegation places in recent weeks, largely thanks to four wins during that spell.
Back-to-back victories over Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham at the beginning of the spell, and again over Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United prior to Saturday’s defeat, mean Crainey has overseen a successful start to his tenure despite the minor setback at the weekend.
Since taking over from predecessor Simon Grayson, Fleetwood’s record now stands at four wins, two draws and four losses across all competitions, which leaves them in 20th spot heading into Tuesday.
With three of those victories and just one of the defeats coming in Crainey’s four home matches in charge to this point, the Cod Army will be confident of extending the current one-point gap between themselves and Morecambe in the drop zone when they welcome Plymouth to Highbury on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, whilst Plymouth sit 13 places and 15 points better off than their hosts on Tuesday, their current form does not reflect this gap so much.
Saturday’s late defeat to Lincoln City at Home Park saw Steven Schumacher’s side drop out of the top six in League One, with his side now three points behind Oxford United in the playoff places ahead of their midweek trip to Fleetwood.
Luke Jephcott had given the Pilgrims a first-half lead at the weekend, but an even encounter swung the way of Lincoln in the end, with Max Melbourne netting a stoppage-time winner for their opponents.
The loss means it is now just two victories in their last nine league fixtures, with six of those games ending in defeat.
Despite three of those setbacks arriving under previous manager Ryan Lowe before his departure for Preston North End, Schumacher’s record still stands at only two wins, one draw and three defeats since taking over in December.
Tuesday’s trip to a struggling side is a good opportunity for Schumacher and his side to bounce back from successive losses then, with this game in hand providing the opportunity to climb back above Oxford before next weekend