October 27, 2012
Dale held as Grimes fluffs lines
Ashley Grimes saw a second-half penalty saved as Rochdale were held to a goalless draw at Spotland by 10-man Fleetwood.
Scott Davies pushed Grimes' spot-kick onto the post early in the second half and despite having Alex Marrow dismissed for a second bookable offence with 25 minutes remaining, the visitors dug in for a share of the spoils.
Bobby Grant was close to an early opener for the home side when he met Kevin McIntyre's cross six yards from goal, the striker's attempt to scramble the ball past Davies denied by a last-ditch challenge from Dean Howell.
Ryan Edwards was in the right place to block Tom Barkhuizen's goalbound effort and Rochdale stopper Josh Lillis got lucky when his attempt to punch clear a Jamie McGuire drive went horribly wrong, the rebound only just evading Barkhuizen as the frontman pounced.
The hosts had a golden opportunity to land the first telling blow when they were awarded a penalty minutes into the second half when Marrow brought down Grant. But Davies read Ashley Grimes' spot kick and pushed his effort onto the upright.
Fleetwood's cause was hindered when Marrow was sent off midway through the second half for a second bookable offence but the hosts were unable to break through the Cod Army's stubborn rearguard.
|Ashley Grimes (pen miss 50')|
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Scott Davies|
|14 Kevin McIntyre||3 Dean Howell|
|12 Phil Edwards||28 Youl Mawene|
|3 Rhys Bennett||15 Conor McLaughlin|
|5 Ryan Edwards||33 Rob Edwards|
|4 Peter Cavanagh||10 Lee Fowler|
|7 Jason Kennedy||18 Jamie McGuire|
|8 Andrew Tutte||27 Alex Marrow|
|9 George Donnelly||19 Steven Gillespie|
|11 Ashley Grimes||35 Curtis Obeng|
|22 Robert Grant||32 Tom Barkhuizen|
|31 Benjamin Smith||Chris Maxwell 16|
|19 Matthew Pearson||Alan Goodall 13|
|2 Joe Rafferty||Steve McNulty 5|
|6 Brian Barry-Murphy||Barry Nicholson 11|
|23 Ian Craney||Jamie Milligan 8|
|15 Dele Adebola||Jon Parkin 9|
|26 Joel Logan||David Ball 26|
|Dele Adebola for Ashley Grimes (82)||David Ball for Steven Gillespie (59)|
|Barry Nicholson for Tom Barkhuizen (69)|
|Rhys Bennett (75)||Tom Barkhuizen (25)|
|Alex Marrow (55)|
|Curtis Obeng (82)|
|Alex Marrow (65)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Fleetwood Town|