WEB EXCLUSIVE MATCH REPORT: Fleetwood 0-0 Wimbledon

Fleetwood move down to the Play-Off spots despite being held to a 0-0 stalemate at home to Wimbledon.

Ashley Hunter had the best chance of the game in the first half, but he could only find goalkeeper James Shea when through on goal.

Bobby Grant also went close in the first 45, but his effort from 18 yards flew just over the crossbar.

Andy Barcham nearly scored the winner on two occasions as Wimbledon looked to win the game late on, but both sides had to settle for a point in tough conditions.

The game took some time to settle in the early stages. With both sides lining up with a sturdy 3-5-2 formation, the ball took to the air back and forth frequently as both teams were struggling to impose themselves.

When the ball finally did make its way to the ground, however, the first chance was created. 11 minutes in, David Ball slipped through his strike partner, Hunter, who had got in-behind the Wimbledon backline. The 21-year-old striker went through one-on-one with The Dons stopper, but a ferocious, early shot could only force a save.

The visitors, who were coming to Fleetwood after their historic win over rivals MK Dons, were matching the home side for much of the game.

With 15 minutes gone, they almost took the lead through Dean Parrett. The midfielder pounced on a poor goal kick from Alex Cairns. With Cairns off his line, Parrett saw an opening from 35 yards and almost punished the Fleetwood goalkeeper. Thankfully for the Cods, though, the former Rotherham ‘keeper got back to his line just in time to claw it away.

Both Ball and Bobby Grant was to have better of the half-chances towards the end of the first half, but neither could hit the target from the edge of the area.

Half-time score: Fleetwood 0 – 0 Wimbledon

As the second half started, neither the weather or the quality on display could really pick up. The relentless rain made for tough conditions for both sides as they cancelled each other out.

Cods captain Conor McLaughlin met opposite wing back Amari’I Bell’s cross at the post, but again Shea’s gloves proved to be a magnet for the ball.

Kyle Dempsey drove towards the Wimbledon box midway through the second half but, much in the game’s fashion, failed to find the killer pass to find the onrushing attackers.

With the game edging to a close, The Dons looked the most likely to win. Neal Ardley’s men had changed to 4-3-3 in the final 20 minutes, and Fleetwood struggled to stop an onslaught.

However, Uwe Rosler and his resolute defenders ensured another vital point was theirs in a bid for promotion, as Wimbledon could only muster two efforts over the bar from Barcham which looked troubling.

Full-time result: Fleetwood Town 0 – 0 Wimbledon

Fleetwood Town line-up: Cairns (GK), McLaughlin ©, Eastham, Bolger, Davies, Bell, Dempsey (Nirrenold), Schwabl, Grant, Hunter (Brannagan).

Subs: Urwin (GK), Glendon, Godswill, Reid, Maguire.

AFC Wimbledon line-up: Shea (GK), Bulman, Nightingale, Robinson ©, Francomb, Reeves, Elliott, Barcham, Parrett (Meades), Barnett (Taylor), Charles.

Subs: McDonnell (GK), Poleon, Fitzpatrick, Kelly, Egan.

Referee: Mr M Brown

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