The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mark Davies

UWE ROSLER ad­mit­ted Fleet­wood Town got what they de­served af­ter his side dropped out of the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places, as AFC Wim­ble­don held them to a dis­ap­point­ing goal­less draw at High­bury Sta­dium.

The Dons were the bet­ter side late on and could eas­ily have taken all three points, but Town man­ager Rosler felt it was the right result.

“We didn’t do enough to win the game. We kept a clean sheet and picked up a point, which was prob­a­bly a fair one,” he said.

“It’s true that we were hang­ing in there in the last 15 min­utes.

“Some­times in th­ese sit­u­a­tions it be­comes a lot more about men­tal­ity, but we saw it out and didn’t con­cede.

“That’s now 21 games and one de­feat, so it’s not too bad. We’ve had more in­juries than most of our com­peti­tors but we’re still in there.

“Hope­fully we’ll get a few play­ers back soon so we can fin­ish the sea­son strongly.”

The first half was a scrappy af­fair which the home side shaded.

Ash­ley Hunter had the best chance af­ter David Ball slipped him through with a clear run on goal, but the young for­ward went for power rather than pre­ci­sion and James Shea was able to parry over.

Dean Par­rett tried his luck from 40 yards for the vis­i­tors af­ter spot­ting Alex Cairns off his line, but the Cod Army keeper re­cov­ered to save his goal-bound ef­fort.

Good work from Amari’i Bell down the left pre­sented Bobby Grant with an op­por­tu­nity, but he fired over from 15 yards as the half drew to a close.

Fleet­wood started the sec­ond half well enough; Bell’s cross was met at the back post by Conor McLaugh­lin, but his header was straight at Shea.

But it was the Dons who had the bet­ter of the chances af­ter that.

Andy Bar­cham wasted sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties, one af­ter good work from Tom El­liot, but his ef­fort was a whisker over the bar be­fore fir­ing over once again late on.

And Wim­ble­don as­sis­tant man­ager Neil Cox felt that point is one to be happy with.

“We knew what we had to do. Com­ing away to the team sec­ond in the league is al­ways go­ing to be tough, but we han­dled them well,” he said.

“We should have won it in the end. We made the de­ci­sion to push on with 25 min­utes to go and we caused them a lot of prob­lems.

“Changing to a 3-4-3 we cre­ated a few half-chances but we had to be care­ful at the back as well, and they didn’t re­ally cre­ate any­thing.

“We need to keep go­ing now and keep push­ing to see where we’ll fin­ish come the end of the sea­son.” The result saw both sides drop down in the league stand­ings, Fleet­wood down to third af­ter Bolton’s win over Northamp­ton.

PIC­TURES: Si­mon Davies/ProS­ports

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