Rovers stepped up their pre-season preparations with a competitive goalless draw against League One Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium.

Tomasson named a strong line-up, although the likes of Aynsley Pears, Scott Wharton, Buckley, John Buckley and Dilan Markanday were saved for the Barnsley fixture.

Harry Pickering and Adam Wharton were also absent from the squad despite recovering from their respective injury problems. Arnor Sigurdsson, Jack Vale and Niall Ennis were all unavailable for the fixture.

The game started at a frantic pace, with Sam Gallagher seeing a shot blocked by a defender inside the opening couple of minutes after a clever cut-back by Ryan Hedges.

The hosts also played with intensity during the early stages and Carl Johnston’s cross-shot had Kaminski worried for a second before it crept wide of the post.

Callum Brittain then tried his luck with a curling effort from outside the box but it wasn’t troubling Jay Lynch in the Fleetwood goal.

Sam Szmodics also picked out Joe Rankin-Costello at the far post with a clever chip, but it was an awkward one for the versatile right-back and he failed to hit the target.

The hosts’ best chance of the first half fell to Ryan Graydon, who managed to get in behind the Rovers backline after beating the offside trap, but his strike was saved fairly comfortably by Kaminski low to his right.

Tomasson’s men saw plenty of the ball around the box as the half went on but struggled to penetrate a stubborn Fleetwood defence at times – their execution often letting them down when it came to the final pass.

Both sides were keen to press from the front and Hedges did well to win back possession high up the pitch before laying off Gallagher. His strike seemed destined for the bottom corner but a defender made a vital block at full stretch.

Rovers had an injury scare 10 minutes before the break when Brittain stayed down after a strong but fair challenge in the box. Thankfully, the former Barnsley man was able to continue after receiving treatment.

Promise Omochere, who was introduced after Jack Marriott was forced off with an injury, then picked out Graydon with an inviting cross but he failed to make a proper connection and the ball trickled wide.

Hedges teed up Rankin-Costello at the other end but he couldn’t get his shot through a sea of Fleetwood bodies – a common theme during the opening 45 minutes.

Dolan saw yet another shot blocked before playing a dangerous cross to the back post, but Hedges couldn’t direct it toward goal.

Lewis Travis also got into a decent area on the stroke of half time but his low cross was gathered by Lynch.

Early in the second half, Johnston managed to get on the end of a decent cross from the left wing but his header bounced well wide.

Gallagher then went down in the box after tangling with Toto Nsiala but his appeals were waved away by referee Leigh Doughty.

Szmodics then found a pocket of space on the edge of the box with a clever turn but his effort sailed over the bar.

Omochere had a couple of half- chances in the Rovers box but he was initially denied by Brittain’s block and then shot straight at Kaminski.

Gallagher thought he had broke the deadlock with a diving header just before the hour mark, but Lynch made a brilliant reaction stop low to his left.

Fleetwood also came agonisingly close to taking the lead when Josh Earl saw an ambitious effort from distance hit the underside of the bar and somehow stay out. Kaminski was beaten, with the swirling wind doing him no favours.

Sondre Tronstad, who has continued to build up his sharpness after a late start to pre-season, then saw a thumping strike from well outside the area deflected wide by a defender.

Szmodics had a big chance moments later but his goal-bound shot was kept out by a defender in front of goal as the helpless Lynch looked on.

The attack-minded midfielder continued to cause the home side problems and managed to pick out Gallagher with a pinpoint cross, but the forward poked wide from close range. The forward looked set to make the net ripple but a Fleetwood defender did just enough to put him off.

Brittain was also denied by the foot of the post, and Tomasson must have been wondering how his side weren’t ahead.

Fleetwood also had a few moments of pressure heading into the final 10 minutes, with Omochere seeing an effort deflected wide from a tight angle.

The final stages were scrappy as Rovers searched for a late winner, but the hosts kept them at bay with more dogged defending.

It was another good workout for Tomasson’s squad as the upcoming Championship campaign draws nearer.

Kaminski, Rankin-Costello, Hyam, Carter, Brittain, Tronstad (Weston 75), Szmodics, Travis, Hedges, Dolan, Gallagher (Wood 85). Unused: Hilton, Eastham, Montgomery, O’Grady-Macken, Davies, Atcheson