Graham Alexander's first game in charge of Fleetwood Town
ended in a goalless draw with Southend United.
The visitors had two efforts, from Anthony Straker and Gavin Tomlin, ruled out for offside in the first half.
Fleetwood improved in the second period and went closest to scoring when Steven Gillespie shot over from close range.
The Cod Army, who
sacked Micky Mellon
following their FA Cup exit to Aldershot, have dropped out of the League Two play-off places.
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Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:
"I'm pleased with the point and a clean sheet against a good team in our first game.
"There were definitely chances, especially in the second half when we had more width. I thought we were really narrow in the first half and played into Southend's hands.
"I'm a pretty positive guy and I wasn't expecting miracles in our first game.
"I've only had one hour of training input with the players, but there's plenty of ability in that dressing room."
Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:
"Six weeks ago we'd been in there slapping backs and really excited about the result.
"But we've matured, we're improving and we're disappointed we didn't come away with the three points.
"It's always a difficult place to come and when you've got a new manager, there's an edge to them to impress. They had a couple of decent chances, but we had maybe more.
"One of the (disallowed) goals, our boys are arguing about and we thought we should have had a penalty in among it all as well."
Fleetwood Town 01 Davies 02 Beeley 03 Howell 12 Brown 13 Goodall 25 Atkinson 11 Nicholson 27 Marrow 37 Ferguson (Milligan - 29' ) 19 Gillespie 26 Ball (Titchiner - 69' ) Substitutes 16 Maxwell 08 Milligan 10 Fowler 18 McGuire 20 Johnson 17 Titchiner 32 Barkhuizen Southend United 01 Smith 02 Clohessy 03 Straker (Corr - 70' ) 06 Cresswell 16 Prosser 23 Barker 27 Mkandawire 14 Hurst 26 Laird 20 Assombalonga (Eastwood - 82' ) 21 Tomlin (Donnelly - 78' ) Substitutes 17 Bentley 05 Coughlan 12 Donnelly 30 Woodyard 07 Eastwood 10 Corr 24 Benyon