DESPITE dominating throughout, Dons’ lack of cutting edge in front of goal came back to haunt them again as they could only draw 1-1 with Coventry City on Tuesday night.
Richard Wood’s header after 33 minutes came against the run of play as Dons looked well in control of the League 1 game at the Ricoh Arena.
But for a five minute spell at the beginning of the game, Coventry looked well worthy of their place in the relegation zone, and their fans were particularly vocal when it came to letting their team know about it.
However, Dons’ struggles came in finding that killer ball into the danger zone and getting the final touch to put the ball into the net. And Dons’ equaliser came with a healthy dose of luck, but it was no more than they deserved on the night.
Stephen Gleeson’s shot from range took a wicked deflection to put the ball past Joe Murphy in the City goal and levelled things for the visitors just before half time.
And after that there was only going to be one winner, if there was going to be a winner at all. But for all Dons’ possession, territory and dominance, keeper Murphy wasn’t really tested again – such has been the story for most of the season so far.
Some shots were off the mark, but too often Dons found themselves passing the ball back and averting their own danger rather than chancing their arm against a Coventry side struggling to adapt to life in the third tier under new manager Mark Robins.
Most notable of Dons’ misses was Charlie MacDonald’s chance after 65 minutes, as he hesitated and faked, allowing City’s defence to rush back to clear his eventual effort off the goal line.
While Karl Robinson’s men have dropped to fifth in the table, they are still in touch with those around them.
But for all their missed chances and dropped points, Dons could quite easily have been leading the way in League 1, and the lack of goals needs to be addressed before it gets too late.