Match Report: Fleetwood Town 0 Barnsley 0

Dale Jennings rues another missed second half chance.
Dale Jennings rues another missed second half chance.
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Barnsley responded to their weekend mauling by MK Dons by keeping a clean sheet at Fleetwood, but there will be frustration in the camp after the Reds missed a host of good chances.

Particularly in the second half, Danny Wilson’s men impressed and were denied by the woodwork when Dale Jennings thumped the post.

However, the Reds nearly fell to a shock defeat with a minute left on the clock when Fleetwood midfielder Josh Morris crashed a free-kick against the crossbar.

Big Jean-Yves M’voto returned to make his first start of the season. He partnered Lewin Nyatanga at the heart of the defence, while skipper Martin Cranie was shifted up into a central midfield role.

Up front Devante Cole was restored to the starting line-up following his goal-scoring appearance as a substitute on Saturday.

Leroy Lita and young midfielder Brad Abbott were dropped to the bench.

It was an entertaining opening quartewith both sides creating chances.

The Reds’ Jennings stormed down the right flank before unleashing a powerful drive which was deflected narrowly wide.

But the Cod Arm fluffed a terrific opportunity in the 10th minute. Stephen Dobbie played in Gareth Evans for a great one-on-one chance, but ‘keeper Adam Davies was equal to the task.

Fleetwood were on top as the half-hour mark approached, and Dobbie ought to have done better when Davies got down low to save a well-struck effort from a tight angle.

Wilson’s men enjoyed the better latter stages of the half. Kane Hemmings picked out Jennings in acres of space on the edge of the box, only for the ex-Bayern Munich kid to dither too long, allowing Nathan Pond time to race back and block his shot.

Five-goal Conor Hourihane also found space but his shot was way off target.

There was an encouraging start to the second period from the Reds. Cole wriggled superbly away from Stephen Jordan, but his left-foot strike fizzed inches over.

The woodwork came to Fleetwood’s rescue in the 55th minute. Jennings worked some space on the edge of the box and let fly with a sweet drive which struck the outside of a post and bounced to safety.

The Reds were flying and Hemmings fired a shot a whisker over Cole’s initial strike was superbly blocked by ‘keeper Chris Maxwell.

The Reds were in need of an opening goal but it just wouldn’t come. Jennings sprinted into the box again, but he side-footed an effort disappointingly over the top.

Still the Reds continued to press and next to threaten was Hemmings, who was played in by the classy Hourihane, but fired tamely at Maxwell.

The hosts managed to drag themselves back into contention and Gareth Evans wasted a great chance but fired well wide.