Full-time: Bristol Rovers 0 Fleetwood Town 0
Fleetwood goalkeeper Scott Davies was in inspired form to deny Bristol Rovers what should have been their first win of the campaign at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
Davies made three superb second-half saves to keep David Clarkson (twice) and Oliver Norburn out to offer his side a point, which, on the balance of play, they probably didn't deserve.
Rovers had dominated the opening period in which Fabian Broghammer went close to breaking the deadlock with a couple of off-target efforts.
Mark McGhee's side, however, started to find their range immediately after returning for the second-half; Clarkson forcing Davies to batter away a low shot down by his near post to keep the scores level.
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Four minutes later the Fleetwood stopper was at it again, this time getting his body in the way of Norburn's attempt to convert from inside the penalty area after a neat passing move had set up the opportunity.
Davies was then on hand to prevent what would have been the perfect end to a fine passing move in the 64th minute by again pushing away Clarkson's vicious effort from inside the penalty area.
At the other end, Mark McGhee handed on-loan Fulham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge a senior league debut, which ended in a clean sheet after Rovers kept one of the more-fancied League Two teams quiet for the duration.
Etheridge wasn't called on to make a save until the 52nd minute when grabbing a Barry Nicholson header out of the air after the Fleetwood midfielder had made good connection from a corner.
Other than that episode, Etheridge's first start was uneventful - the closest Fleetwood came to scoring a goal coming in the first-half when an Andy Mangan effort from distance flew narrowly over the bar.
The final whistle signified a seventh league game without a win for McGhee's side, but the manager will at least be encouraged by improved performances in the last two games in which a number of individuals in a changing team have produced impressive displays.
Etheridge was one of three changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Plymouth on Tuesday night. Right-back Michael Smith returned to the starting line-up to add further attacking prowess in place of Adam Virgo, who dropped to the bench.
Joe Anyinsah was also offered a rare start up front alongside Clarkson after McGhee's attempts to add a loan striker to the squad ahead of the game proved unsuccessful.
Rovers (4-4-2): Etheridge; Smith, Kenneth, Parkes, L Brown; W Brown (Richards, 58), Norburn, Gill, Broghammer; Clarkson, Anyinsah (Lund, 78). Subs: Walker, Paterson, Richards, Virgo, Clarke, Clucas, Lund. Subs: Walker, Paterson, Virgo, Clarke, Clucas.
Fleetwood Town (4-4-2): Davies; Beeley, McNulty, Mawene, Howell; Johnson (Marrow, 68) Fowler (Barkhuizen, 46), McGuire, Brown (Nicholson, 46); Gillespie, Mangan. Subs: Maxwell, Parkin, Ball, Eastham.