ROVERS had to settle for a point in front of their biggest home crowd of the season.
Fans turned out in force on the back of the club’s free ticket offer - and a crowd of 14,312 were raucous in their support throughout a nervy relegation battle.
But goals eluded an otherwise memorable occasion - although both sides had plenty of chances to earn a precious victory.
Rovers started slowly but finally got their act together as John Oster drove just wide from distance and recalled defender Wayne Thomas saw a powerful downward header saved by Julian Speroni.
After the break the game opened up considerably and Jason Euell, starting in place of James Hayter, had Rovers’ best attempts.
The on loan Blackpool man’s shot on the turn went narrowly wide after neat work from Simon Gillett and Mustapha Dumbuya.
Euell then acrobatically teed himself up for a scissor kick held by Speroni, and later drilled an effort wide as Rovers went in search of an elusive win.
Centre backs George Friend and Thomas were dominant but Gary Woods had to be alert to block Darren Ambrose’s header and when Neil Danns broke clear the hosts were relieved to see his effort clip the wrong side of the post.
Moments later Steffen Iversen blazed over with the goal at his mercy and James Coppinger continued the wastefulness when he failed to test Speroni after latching onto John Oster’s slide rule pass.