Lowly Doncaster Rovers earned a precious point in their battle for survival as they held title-chasing Fulham to a goalless draw at Belle Vue this afternoon.

The home side began brightly, forcing Fulham back, with a barrage of early pressure. The Cottagers absorbed that strong start from Doncaster and grew into the contest, dominating with their possession-based football, but couldn’t find a way to score. The visitors saw two strong penalty shouts for fouls on nippy winger Paul Brooker waved away by the referee – and the Whites are left to rue their failure to find a winner.

Defender Mark Blake went close towards the end from a set piece but manager Micky Adams proclaimed himself proud of the efforts of his players despite the disappointment of emerging with only a draw. The point means that the Whites and Wigan are now level at the top of the Division Three table with two matches to come.

DONCASTER ROVERS: O’Connor; Warren, Moore, Schofield, Esdaille; Ireland, McDonald, Cunningham (Fahy 72), Pemberton; Cramb, Gore. Subs (not used): Clark, Anderson.

BOOKED: Warren, Esdaille.

FULHAM: Walton; Lawrence, Watson, Blake, Cullip; Cockerill, Cusack, Carpenter, Thomas (Brooker 73); Conroy, Freeman (Warren 90). Subs (not used): Angus.