Fleetwood 0-0 Doncaster Player Ratings: Cool Cargill

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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 our player ratings from the match.

Fleetwood Town

Alex Cairns – took chances with his first couple of kicks and nearly paid the price, then perhaps went to the other extreme of going long every time. Crucially though he made a couple of good saves, including one from Marquis in the second half. 7

Ashley Eastham – commanding in the first half and made one or two important back-post headers in the second , even if he was forced back more than he might have liked. 7
Cian Bolger – looked strong enough to dominate physically for much of the game – baring a second half spell when he struggled to get close to Marquis – but intelligent enough to play out from the back effectively. 7
Baily Cargill – had few problems against Marquis and often looked for the adventurous pass over the top or into wide areas. Although not all of them came off, his audacity was a factor behind Fleetwood’s first half pressure. 8

Wes Burns – appears to have bulked up in the last couple of years. Did well at right wing-back, considering he’s a forward by trade, putting in a good cross for Cole’s early back-post header. At times in the second half his decision making might have been better. 6
George Glendon – did a lot of the dirty work in the first half and was reasonably disciplined, although he did get forward on 33 minutes fire over from outside the box. Didn’t engage with the ball quickly enough in the second half though and was replaced late on. 5
Kyle Dempsey – key to Doncaster’s impressive first half play with his driving runs and movement into the right channel. Less influential in the second half but still showed flashes of what he can do, setting up Cole’s one-on-one chance. 6
Aiden O’Neill – what he offered, ironically, became more visible when he was no longer providing it. Without being explosive in possession, the midfielder gave Cods some defensive balance that allowed the wing-backs and Dempsey to express themselves. When he left the field, those around him looked more restrained. 7
Amari’i Bell – a constant threat in the first half hour, but spent too long in the second half stuck in his defensive third, resurfacing only in a frantic finale. When he did push up, he used his athleticism to force throw-ins and pen Donny back. 5

Jordy Hiwula – a selfless runner early on, when he exploited the right channel. Became quieter thereon though and struggled to get into goalscoring positions before being replaced by Ashley Hunter. 3
Devante Cole – headed at the keeper early on, then missed two one-on-one chances either side of the interval. If Cole had been at his clinical best, Fleetwood could have been two or three up by the hour mark. 3

Jack Sowerby (on 62) – lacked the defensive qualities of O’Neill and fared little better in possession. 3
Ashley Hunter (on 67) – pressed the opposing centre-backs largely in isolation, at times looking like the only Fleetwood player who wanted to force the issue.7
Markus Schwabl (on 82) – some decent passes into wide areas. 6

Doncaster Rovers

Ian Lawlor – made simple stops from Dempsey and Cole early on, then made himself big on a couple of occasions to put off the latter one-on-one. 7

Joe Wright – guilty of letting Cole get free on two occasions, but was roundly solid. Made one important clearance when put under pressure by Bell. 7
Andy Butler – his experience truly came to the fore here. Showed great leadership skills and was typically powerful in the air. 8
Mathieu Baudry – might have switched play more effectively in the first half and was booked after the break, but defended his near-post well from crosses from the flank. 7

Matty Blair – stuck in his own half for much of the first period, but he played with fewer inhibitions after the break. His angry confrontation with Whiteman late on seemed to fire him up for the closing stages. 5
Jordan Houghton – a technically gifted player lies in there somewhere, but he could do with a bit more confidence to try the risky passes. Rarely lost his positional bearings and enjoyed a positive second period. 6
Rodney Kongolo – guilty of passing sideways a little too often and perhaps dropped too deep in the first half, before imposing himself more after the break. Always protected Wright when Blair pushed up in a solid, if not exactly inspiring, performance. 5
Harry Toffolo – struggled at left wing-back at the beginning and end of the first half, briefly swapping places with Blair initially. Redeemed himself slightly in the second half when he got further up the pitch. 4

James Coppinger – it was only for a 20-minute second half spell that he got on the ball in good areas. Due to his lack of pace, he found life hard in the first half when his teammates sat too deep – and in the closing stages when we saw an end-to-end contest. He’ll have better games when circumstances favour him. 3
Tommy Rowe – endured similar difficulties to Coppinger. The problem was not so much that he didn’t offer anything, but that the qualities he provided – passing ability and intelligence – weren’t in line with what the tactics required – pace and power. 3
John Marquis – anonymous in the first half, but came alive in the second when the midfield got closer to him. Then, he hassled defenders and somehow gained an extra yard of pace, forcing a good save out of Cairns with a fierce drive. 5

Benjamin Whiteman (on 82) – made some good runs into dangerous areas, but received a rollicking after getting in Blair’s bad books! 5