Macclesfield and Bristol Rovers created a host of chances but neither could break the deadlock.

Macclesfield's Emile Sinclair fired over from 15 yards - one of three early chances for the striker.

Matt Harold blasted wide from outside the area for Rovers and Scott McGleish mishit Craig Stanley's cross with the goal gaping.

Macc had the best of the second half, Ross Draper smashing a volley over and testing Scott Bevan from 35 yards.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Macclesfield Town manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We knew it was going to be difficult today, they've signed a lot of players in the summer and experienced players at this level.

"I thought today we showed what we could do: passed it, kept it, opened them up and the only thing missing was a goal.

"We look as though we can compete now and hopefully it will give these young lads some confidence to keeping going out and playing."

Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We've had to defend the box brilliantly, and we have, and that's a really good sign for us.

"The pitch didn't help, it was so dry and long that we couldn't even counter-attack quickly, so I'm pleased with a point in the end.

"A clean sheet is something we were looking for, we always feel we can score goals, and in the end we're not that good that a 0-0 away from home isn't a good result."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Macclesfield Town

  • 01 Veiga
  • 03 Tremarco
  • 05 Brown
  • 16 Brisley
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 04 Kay
  • 07 Chalmers (Mendy - 87' )
  • 08 Draper Booked
  • 14 Diagne
  • 17 Wedgebury
  • 09 Sinclair (Tomlinson - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Bateson
  • 12 Mendy
  • 20 Hamshaw
  • 15 Grant
  • 23 Tomlinson

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Bevan
  • 05 Bolger
  • 14 Brown
  • 15 Anthony
  • 19 Virgo
  • 06 Stanley Booked
  • 08 Gill
  • 10 McGleish
  • 09 Harrold
  • 17 Kuffour (Brown - 50' )
  • 26 Zebroski (Richard - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Cronin
  • 02 Smith
  • 21 Brown
  • 11 Carayol
  • 18 Richard
Ref: Madley
Att: 1,865

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

6 1

Corners

5 4

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:37 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

89:57

Ben Tomlinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Virgo. Free kick taken by Scott Bevan.

88:11

Unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury by Lee Brown results in a free kick. Shaun Brisley takes the free kick.

86:44 Substitution

Substitution Arnaud Mendy replaces Lewis Chalmers.

84:14

Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

83:37

Scott McGleish produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

82:52

Direct free kick taken by Craig Stanley.

82:52 Booking

Booking Booking for Ross Draper for dissent.

82:37

Eliot Richards fouled by Ross Draper, the ref awards a free kick.

81:49

Free kick taken by Lewis Chalmers.

81:49 Booking

Booking Craig Stanley booked.

81:34

Craig Stanley challenges Tony Diagne unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:41

Sam Wedgbury takes a shot. Cian Bolger gets a block in.

78:17 Substitution

Substitution Emile Sinclair leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Tomlinson.

77:03

Shot from outside the box by Craig Stanley goes wide right of the target.

75:30

A cross is delivered by Scott McGleish.

73:34

The referee penalises Matt Harrold for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Shaun Brisley.

72:09

Nathaniel Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Harrold. Free kick taken by Scott Bevan.

71:47

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury from the right by-line, Matt Harrold makes a clearance.

70:34

Mathew Gill concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Wedgbury. Jose Veiga takes the free kick.

67:02

Ross Draper challenges Craig Stanley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Virgo takes the free kick.

65:33

Jose Veiga restarts play with the free kick.

65:33 Substitution

Substitution Chris Zebroski leaves the field to be replaced by Eliot Richards.

65:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Harrold on Shaun Brisley.

62:34

Ross Draper has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

59:11

Ross Draper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mathew Gill. Scott Bevan restarts play with the free kick.

58:03

Wayne Brown produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

57:22

Adam Virgo takes a shot. Blocked by Sam Wedgbury.

56:33

Scott Kay challenges Wayne Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Stanley.

55:42

Lewis Chalmers challenges Chris Zebroski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mathew Gill takes the free kick.

54:26

Emile Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cian Bolger. Adam Virgo takes the direct free kick.

50:12

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury from the left by-line, Cian Bolger makes a clearance.

49:52

Carl Tremarco takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

49:12 Substitution

Substitution Jo Kuffour goes off and Wayne Brown comes on.

48:15

Corner taken by Sam Wedgbury from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Cian Bolger.

47:21

Ross Draper takes a shot. Scott Bevan makes a save.

46:07

Shot on goal by Scott Kay from just inside the area goes over the target.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:12

The ball is delivered by Elliott Hewitt, save by Scott Bevan.

44:48

Corner taken by Mathew Gill.

43:16

Sam Wedgbury has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

42:53

Lewis Chalmers fouled by Jo Kuffour, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Chalmers.

42:19

Craig Stanley takes a shot. Save made by Jose Veiga.

41:44 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

39:55

Ross Draper concedes a free kick for a foul on Byron Anthony. Cian Bolger restarts play with the free kick.

37:45

Matt Harrold is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Veiga takes the free kick.

36:26

Effort on goal by Tony Diagne from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

33:46

Sam Wedgbury takes a shot. Scott Bevan makes a save.

33:19

Inswinging corner taken by Mathew Gill.

30:06

Close range effort by Scott McGleish goes wide of the left-hand post.

27:29

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill from the left by-line.

26:31

Corner taken by Sam Wedgbury played to the near post, Cian Bolger manages to make a clearance.

24:04

Matt Harrold has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

23:01

Emile Sinclair takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

17:08

Inswinging corner taken by Sam Wedgbury from the left by-line, Matt Harrold manages to make a clearance.

14:50

Scott McGleish concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Wedgbury. Shaun Brisley takes the free kick.

14:05

Carl Tremarco challenges Chris Zebroski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mathew Gill takes the free kick.

13:26

Shot by Scott McGleish from outside the box goes over the net.

12:01

Outswinging corner taken by Mathew Gill from the right by-line, clearance by Lewis Chalmers.

11:36

Lee Brown delivers the ball.

9:11

Shaun Brisley fouled by Matt Harrold, the ref awards a free kick. Shaun Brisley takes the free kick.

7:12

The ball is sent over by Sam Wedgbury, save by Scott Bevan.

5:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Harrold. Free kick taken by Jose Veiga.

2:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony Diagne by Chris Zebroski. Nathaniel Brown takes the direct free kick.

2:02

Shot on goal by Emile Sinclair from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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