Aidan Barlow made his first start for Rovers since January 15.
The 22-year-old played as a right wing back and offered a useful attacking outlet in the first half before being pinned back after the break by Fleetwood’s in-form winger Paddy Lane.
His performance drew praise from Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey who was otherwise frustrated by his side’s decision-making and lack of final product.
“Aidy was really good in the first half on the right,” said McSheffrey after the game.
“He had a couple of opportunities where he could’ve maybe had a cleaner first touch and cut across the left back a bit more often.
“He was good. And defensively I thought he was good up against one of the best wingers in the league this year who’s going to play an international game in the week.
“So I was happy with Aidy today.”
Former Manchester United youngster Barlow has scored one goal in 31 appearances for Rovers this season.
He signed a one-year deal with Rovers last summer.