Fleetwood 0-0 Doncaster Five Things: the right result

Cole had the pick of the chances – zimbio.com

Devante Cole had the pick of the chances as play-off chasers Fleetwood Town drew 0-0 with relegation-threatened Doncaster Rovers in an even contest at Highbury. Here’s five things from the game.

Fleetwood’s bright start

The hosts began on the front foot. With Harry Toffolo slow to acclimatize to the left wing-back role for the visitors, Fleetwood exploited space down the right. They enjoyed some good combination play between Kyle Dempsey, who hit a firm shot at Ian Lawlor, the mobile Jordy Hiwula and Wes Burns, who crossed for Cole’s early header at the keeper. The latter played at right wing-back while Amari’i Bell was the left wing back, as the controlling presence of Aiden O’Neill and George Glendon allowed both to push into the final third, sometimes simultaneously.

Defensive Donny

Doncaster’s front man, John Marquis, was dominated aerially by Baily Cargill and Cian Bolger in the first half. Behind him, the visitors had two attacking midfielders in James Coppinger and Tommy Rowe who are capable in an expansive system, but lacked the physical qualities required for Donny’s defensive approach. Rodney Kongolo and Jordan Houghton lacked imagination in their passing while wing-backs Matty Blair and Toffolo got penned back in their own half.

Second half surge

Much of the above changed after the break. While Doncaster wing-backs got forward more, Burns and Bell retreated for Fleetwood, who lost some control after Aiden O’Neill went off. Kongolo had a looping effort just over before Marquis – who came alive for a 20-minute spell – had an effort tipped over.

Roles reversed

Much like Doncaster in the first half, Fleetwood had the occasional breakaway after the interval – with Cole missing another presentable chance – but didn’t show much intent. Substitute Ashley Hunter, who often pressed the defence without the support of his teammates, at times looked like the only home player who wanted to force the issue.

In summary

Rovers boss Darren Ferguson can take positives from aspects of his side’s second half performance. It was a decent point for the South Yorkshire club, who are hoping to stabilize at this level. Fleetwood had perhaps the better chances, but due to the lack of intent they showed for much of that second period, they can have few complaints about the final result.