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Fleetwood Town 0-0 Rochdale

League One play-off rivals Fleetwood and Rochdale both squandered gilt-edged chances as they ground out a goalless stalemate at Highbury Stadium.

Mark Kitching's long-range effort was the only real opportunity in a hard-fought and frantic first 25 minutes in which Dale dominated but failed to test Alex Cairns.

Ash Hunter came as close as any to opening the scoring before the break, sprinting clear with a perfectly-timed run, Ben Wilson catching hold of his low blast at the second attempt.

Fleetwood's pace up front was a problem for the visitors and David Ball might have broken the deadlock 30 seconds into the second half.

The striker kept his balance as he squeezed between Dale's centre-half pair but -having made the space to shoot -somehow fired wide of the upright.

The hosts were almost made to pay for wasted chances when Kyle Dempsey's loose touch played Ian Henderson in on goal, the forward's chip having the distance but not the direction to find the net.

Oliver Rathbone went closer still for the visitors, skipping clear of Victor Nirennold and shaving the woodwork with an effort intended to squeeze inside the back post as Keith Hill's men finished the stronger but were forced to share the spoils.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 5EasthamBooked at 76mins
  • 12Bolger
  • 37Davies
  • 28SowerbySubstituted forNirennoldat 45'minutes
  • 34Dempsey
  • 18GlendonSubstituted forSchwablat 57'minutes
  • 11GrantBooked at 37mins
  • 3Bell
  • 22HunterSubstituted forBurnsat 77'minutes
  • 10Ball

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 4Brannagan
  • 9Burns
  • 14Davis
  • 15Nirennold
  • 38Schwabl
  • 44Cole

Rochdale

  • 13Wilson
  • 27CannonBooked at 85mins
  • 5Canavan
  • 18KeaneBooked at 28mins
  • 32Kitching
  • 24Allen
  • 2Rafferty
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forRedshawat 86'minutes
  • 11Mendez-LaingSubstituted forCampsat 62'minutes
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forAndrewat 45'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 4McNulty
  • 6McGahey
  • 9Andrew
  • 10Camps
  • 16Noble-Lazarus
  • 22Redshaw
  • 25Logan
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
3,186

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home5
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Rochdale 0.

Foul by Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town).

Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jack Redshaw replaces Oliver Rathbone.

Booking

Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Oliver Rathbone.

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Wes Burns replaces Ashley Hunter.

Booking

Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Mark Kitching.

Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town).

Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Callum Camps replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Attempt missed. Mark Kitching (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Markus Schwabl replaces George Glendon.

Ben Davies (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town).

Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd31196658342463
2Scunthorpe30177657322558
3Bolton29166741231854
4Fleetwood311410744311352
5Bradford311215439271251
6Millwall3013894540547
7Rochdale29145104136547
8Southend30121084337646
9Peterborough30128104338544
10Bristol Rovers31128114951-244
11Oxford Utd29127103731643
12Walsall31101293943-442
13Charlton2991463729841
14MK Dons30108124039138
15Wimbledon2991193938138
16Northampton31106154651-536
17Shrewsbury3198143142-1135
18Gillingham30810123847-934
19Port Vale2989123246-1433
20Oldham31710142033-1331
21Bury3186174860-1230
22Swindon3178162845-1729
23Chesterfield3075182949-2026
24Coventry3049172547-2221
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