Fleetwood missed the chance to close the gap on the League Two automatic promotion places after they were held by leaders Rochdale.

The best chance of a tight first half fell to the hosts but top scorer Antoni Sarcevic fired over when well placed.

Rochdale began the second period strongly and only the post denied George Donnelly's overhead kick.

Iain Hume and Matty Blair saw efforts saved as Fleetwood chased a winner but the visitors held on.

The stalemate leaves Rochdale two points clear at the top of the table after Scunthorpe were held by Wycombe while Fleetwood remain fourth, five points behind Chesterfield who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.

The hosts started the game positively in the knowledge that a win would put them to within three points of the automatic promotion places.

The lively Sarcevic dragged an effort wide before he latched onto a David Ball cut-back only to blaze over when he should have scored.

Meanwhile, Dale threatened on the break with Peter Vincenti and Jamie Allen seeing efforts well saved.

With the two teams so evenly matched a moment of brilliance seemed to be required to split them and George Donnelly nearly provided it.

He latched onto an Ian Henderson knockdown but his overhead kick agonisingly bounced off the outside of the post.

That was the closest either team came as the two promotion-chasing sides were forced to settle for a point apiece.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was a game we could have won and I think we should have. We're disappointed but it's a point gained.

"We have to take that sort of performance into the rest of the season. If we do that, we'll put ourselves into a great position."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm really happy with a point and it keeps a nice cushion between ourselves and Fleetwood.

"Our goal difference is an extra point in my opinion.

"So, arguably, Burton or Fleetwood have to win four games, and we have to lost four out of the last six."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Fleetwood Town

  • 28 Maxwell
  • 15 McLaughlin
  • 20 Taylor
  • 13 Goodall
  • 06 Pond
  • 05 Roberts
  • 17 Blair (Evans - 87' )
  • 18 Sarcevic (Parkin - 72' )
  • 23 Ball (Matt - 87' )
  • 36 Hume
  • 24 Morris

Substitutes

  • 01 Davies
  • 04 Murdoch
  • 07 Evans
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 09 Parkin
  • 10 Matt
  • 25 Jordan

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 16 Done
  • 25 Rose Booked (Cavanagh - 74' )
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 03 Bennett
  • 07 Vincenti
  • 12 Lund
  • 09 Donnelly (Bunney - 70' )
  • 24 Allen (Kennedy - 87' )
  • 40 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 05 Eastham
  • 08 Kennedy
  • 15 Porter
  • 21 Thomson
  • 29 Cummins
  • 39 Bunney
Ref: Michael Naylor
Att: 4,261

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

2 5

Corners

6 7

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Rochdale 0.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Rochdale 0.

90:00 +3:14

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

90:00 +3:14

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:50

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Matt Done.

89:20

Attempt saved. Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

87:57

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

86:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Gareth Evans replaces Matty Blair.

86:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jamille Matt replaces David Ball.

86:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Jason Kennedy replaces Jamie Allen.

85:56

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

79:24

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

75:49

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

74:22

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

74:22

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Cavanagh replaces Michael Rose.

73:28

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

73:09

Attempt saved. Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

71:00

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:58

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

69:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces George Donnelly.

66:32

Attempt missed. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

66:04

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:04

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

61:31

Attempt blocked. Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:53

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

60:00

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

60:00

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:37

Attempt saved. Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:50

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

55:18

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Mark Roberts.

53:54

George Donnelly (Rochdale) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

52:54

Foul by Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town).

52:54

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:41

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:41

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

45:00

Second Half begins Fleetwood Town 0, Rochdale 0.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Rochdale 0.

45:00 +0:14

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:00

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

38:58

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

37:12

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

34:37

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

34:10

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

33:50

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Mark Roberts.

33:38

Attempt saved. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:16 Booking

Booking Michael Rose (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

30:12

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

30:12

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

29:17

Attempt missed. Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

28:51

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Matthew Lund.

28:00

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:57

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

24:48

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

22:18

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

20:54

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:54

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

19:40

Attempt saved. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

17:35

Attempt saved. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:55

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

11:55

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:44

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Matthew Lund.

7:43

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matty Blair.

6:41

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

6:41

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:07

Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:07

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

1:01

Foul by Mark Roberts (Fleetwood Town).

1:01

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:32

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Peter Vincenti.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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