Doncaster 0 Fleetwood 0: Rovers draw blank for 11th time at Keepmoat

Nathan Tyson was unable to convert chances created for him as Doncaster Rovers drew with Fleetwood Town (Picture: Steve Uttley).
Nathan Tyson was unable to convert chances created for him as Doncaster Rovers drew with Fleetwood Town (Picture: Steve Uttley).
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BOTH Doncaster Rovers’ and Fleetwood Town’s play-off hopes were mathematically ruled out after they served up this unappetising stalemate.

A lack-lustre first half at the Keepmoat Stadium saw both teams struggling to create any chances.

Rovers had the better of an improved second period, but this result saw them goalless on home soil for the 11th time this season.

Nathan Tyson might well feel he should have made more of Doncaster’s best opportunity prior to half-time. Freed by a pass from Richie Wellens, he hit his volley into the ground meaning Fleetwood goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was able to save comfortably.

Fleetwood responded with a move that gave David Ball a sight of goal from 20 yards but his shot was straight at Stephen Bywater.

The closest either side went to scoring in the first half was when Josh Morris’s powerful drive had a little too much elevation on it.

Doncaster’s manager Paul Dickov altered his line-up during the interval, sending on Jonson Clarke-Harris for Curtis Main, who had failed to impress.

Rovers subsequently started the second period in more positive fashion and their most fluid move of the game created an opening for James Coppinger, but his shot lacked power.

Tyson then gathered possession from another through-ball by Wellens, but he clipped his effort inches wide of the far post.

Tyson headed Kyle Bennett’s cross over and Maxwell made a smart save to keep out substitute Harry Forrester.

Doncaster Rovers: Bywater, Lund, Jones, Butler, Evina, Coppinger (Forrester 65), Wellens, Furman, Bennett, Main (Clarke-Harris 46), Tyson (Mandeville 74). Unused substitutes: Marosi, Stevens, Wabara, Middleton.

Fleetwood Town: Maxwell, Hornby-Forbes, Jordan, Pond, Chicksen, McLaughlin, Morris, Evans (Haughton 60), Sarcevic, Ball (McAlinden 84), Hunter (Proctor 60). Unused substitutes: Schumacher, Hogan, Moore, Crainey.

Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex).