DONCASTER ROVERS worked hard but had to settle for a goaless draw at home against Watford.
Rovers started the game looking for only their second home win of the season in the Championship.
Ikeme made a confident catch under pressure from a testing left-wing cross into the box by Watford skipper Eustace on four minutes.
Rovers’ leading scorer Sharp just failed to get his head to an equally good cross into the box by Diouf at the other end a minute later.
It had been a lively start to the game that both sides will have gone into fancying their chances.
Rovers midfielder Gillett, who found himself in space in the box, had a goal-bound shot deflected for a 13th minute corner.
Stock, who was stood a couple of yards off the line, blocked a goal-bound shot from Iwelumo at the expense of a second successive corner on 18 minutes.
Fortune won Rovers a corner with an angled shot which Sharp just failed to get a touch to at the far post.
Nosworthy beat Sharp to another testing ball into the box by Diouf, who was getting through a lot of work for Rovers.
Ilunga won Rovers another corner with a blocked shot after more good work by Diouf in the build-up.
Lively right-side-of-midfielder Yeates got the better of Ilunga 15 yards into the Rovers half but he was quickly closed down by Beye.
Wolves loanee Kightly shot just wide of the far post after cutting in from the left on 35 minutes.
Stock was getting through a lot of work for Rovers in midfield with O’Connor also producing a much improved showing then at Oakwell at right-back.
Diouf had a cross cleared off the line by a defender. The ball was only cleared as far as Stock who shot over from 25 yards out.
Half-time: Rovers 0 Watford 0
Rovers went close to breaking the deadlock on 49 minutes when Sharp poked the ball just wide of Loach’s goal after good work by Diouf and Fortune in the build-up.
Iwelumo and Beye were both spoken to by the referee after the two men had pushed each other over a foul on Ilunga.
Beye became the first player to be booked following a foul on Beattie on 55 minutes.
Rovers suffered a blow on the hour when Diouf, who received a warm round of applause, limped off with what appeared to be hamstring problem. He was replaced by Giles Barnes.
Gillett picked out Fortune wide out on the left with an intelligent cross-field pass but the West Brom loanee almost hit the far corner flag with his shot from just inside the area.
Kightly shot high from 25 yards out when Watford next returned to the attack.
Ilunga poked a long ball ino the box but Sharp just failed to get on the end of it. Fortune again failed to hit the target. Rovers made a second change on 70 minutes - Kyle Bennett coming on for Goulon. The longer the game went on, the more likely it seemed that one goal would settle it. But it was difficult to see where a goal was going to come from as neither keeper had been tested so far this half.
Bennett shot over with a fierce effort from just outside the area on 75 minutes after Watford had failed to clear the danger on a corner on the left. The same player had a 25-yard goal-bound shot blocked by a defender less than a minute later
Beattie beat a couple of defenders in midfield before making a complete hash of a long-range shot on goal.
Rovers threw almost everyone forward from a free-kick delivered from their own half by keeper Ikeme, but to no avail.
That was to prove the last opportunity to break the deadlock in a game which had died somewhat in the second half.
ROVERS: Ikeme, O’Connor, Beye, Hird, Ilunga, Fortune, Gillett, Stock, Goulon, Sharp, Diouf. Subs: Sullivan, Dumbuya, Barnes, Hayter, Bennett.
WATFORD: Loach, Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Dickinson, Yeates, Buaban, Eustace, Kightly, Sordell, Iwelumo. Subs: Deeney, Jenkins, Mirfin, Beattie, Bonham.
Ref: Paul Tierney (Lancs)
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