Bristol Rovers secure League One safety with Fleetwood stalemate



Posted Sunday, April 28, 2019 by PA

Bristol Rovers secure League One safety with Fleetwood stalemate

Bristol Rovers secured their League One survival with a 0-0 draw against Fleetwood at Highbury.

Rovers goalkeeper Jack Bonham was called into action early, keeping out Ashley Hunter’s low drive and then Ched Evans’ close-range rebound.

Fleetwood stopper Alex Cairns later beat away Liam Sercombe’s powerful strike from the right-side of the penalty area.

Evans then looped his free header wide from Ross Wallace’s cross from the right for the hosts as the first half finished goalless.

After the break, the swirling winds on the Fylde Coast made play difficult, with Hunter seeing his dipping attempt from 20 yards go just over the crossbar.

Substitute Paddy Madden went even closer for Joey Barton’s Cod Army after 72 minutes, as the striker cut into the box from the left before firing in a low right-footed effort which came back off the post.

Graham Coughlan’s visitors came just as close with 15 minutes remaining when Ollie Clarke’s left-footed shot from range struck Cairns’ left-hand post.

Evans had a late opportunity but he shot straight at Bonham as the points were shared.

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