BRISTOL ROVERS 0 FLEETWOOD TOWN 0

Fleetwood Town v Luton Town.  Pictured is Micky Mellon.
Fleetwood Town v Luton Town. Pictured is Micky Mellon.
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Fleetwood Town rode their luck to secure a point in a drab 0-0 draw against struggling Bristol Rovers.

Big striker Jon Parkin was left out of Micky Mellon’s starting eleven, replaced by Steven Gillespie – Youl Mawene returning for the Cod Army following his midweek absence.

Both teams made heavy work of creating chances during a lifeless opening 45 minutes during which both sides struggled to take control of the game, or indeed the ball.

Joe Anyinsah and Fabian Broghammer both wasting chances for the home side, Fleetwood mustering just one meaningful attack in a first half Mick Mellon will probably rather forget.

The second half did, at least provide a little more in terms of entertainment even if it did mean a busy afternoon for Fleetwood keeper Scott Davies, the keeper making a string of crucial saves to deny Rovers an advantage.

Jamie McGuire’s header from an Andy Mangan corner did, at least, mean Fleetwood Town could head north having tested on loan Fulham keeper Neil Etheridge in the Pirates goal.

Town thought they’d been handed a penalty with 15 minutes remaining when a Rovers defender appeared to handle in the box, referee Stephen Martin, after consultation with his linesman awarding Town nothing more than a throw in.

Tom Barkhuizen’s late run into the box provided hope for the 110 travelling Cod Army fans, but Rovers were equal to the test, scrambling the ball clear to ensure the scores remained level.