Karl Robinson said he was happy to come away from the opening day of the season with a point after a 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury.
After a mediocre first half, both sides kicked into gear for the second, with chances at either end which could have nicked a result, but for some good keeping from David Martin and Chris Weale.
“I’m happy,” said Robinson afterwards. “To keep a clean sheet against this side is good. They’ve scored a lot of goals in pre-season.
“We rode out a 15 minute storm in the second half, and finished stronger. It was difficult to play out and do what we do. People expect us to show up and play - that’s just a lack of knowledge.
“We’ve come and got a point away from home. A lot of teams would swap the result for ours. They were hard to break down.”
The first half won’t have set any hearts racing about the long, hard season ahead, and Robinson admitted he’d have liked a few more chances to go his sides way, but said you can’t always impose yourself as the visiting side.
He said: “I would have liked to see more chances but it was one of those games we found hard to get going. We were the away team too, and we can’t always impose yourself in the first half of these games.”
In fact, Robinson can be thankful for his goalkeeper David Martin for keeping things level, as he made a brilliant save low to his left before taking one below the belt to keep Shrewsbury at bay.
Robinson said: “He’s a fantastic goalkeeper and it was a fantastic save. It was just about their only chance of the game and that’s what he’s paid to do.”
One noticeable missing face from the squad though was Daniel Powell, whose hamstring injury looks likely to keep him out until November.
“We think he’ll be out for three months,” Robinson added. “It’s difficult and a massive blow. He’s been brilliant in pre-season and difference in some games. But we have to move on, though it’s a kick in the teeth.”