Coventry City picked up their first point since their return to League One after a 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.
The Sky Blues made two changes from the side that lost on the opening day to Scunthorpe, with new signing Amadou Bakayoko and Tom Davies replacing Max Biamou and Jordan Willis.
After numerous interest in Tom Bayliss was rebuffed by Mark Robins on deadline day, the academy graduate started on the right hand side of midfield but failed to have the desired impact he would have wanted.
Jordy Hiwula was a constant threat for the away side throughout the first half. The former Huddersfield forward was deployed on the left wing and forced Wimbledon goalkeeper Tom King in to a smart stop from a tight angle.
Despite the Sky Blues bright start, they were under heavy pressure from the hosts as the half went on. Tom Soares forced Liam O’Brien into a tremendous save on the stroke of half time, before Kwesi Appiah’s header came back off the post.
There was a lack of clear cut chances in the second half, but substitute Max Biamou produced a superb stop from Tom King as his shot from outside of the box looked destined for the top corner.
Junior Brown replaced Brandon Mason in the 79th minute, and in doing so became the 1000th player to represent Coventry City since joining the Football League.
Brown will be counting his lucky stars on the journey back to the Midlands, as he appeared to concede a penalty in stoppage time, but the referee waved away Wimbledon’s claims.
It was a solid defensive display from the away team, but they lacked conviction on the attack and the absence of Marc McNulty’s replacement was evident to see.
It’s the first point of the season for Mark Robins’ men and will be hoping to build on it when they host Plymouth at the Ricoh Arena next Saturday.
Here’s how the Sky Blue Army reacted to this afternoon’s proceedings –
Well that was bang average at best #PUSB
— John Dawkins (@dawkinscov1980) August 11, 2018
Not brilliant but at least weve got our first point on board. Early days… We'll get far better. #pusb
— Moz Baker (@mozccfc1987) August 11, 2018
0-0 away to Wimbledon. First point and first clean sheet on the board, but there is something missing. A potent goal threat. No need to panic yet but there's work to do. We wanna be winning these matches #pusb #SkyBlues
— Liam Cook (@TheRealLiamCook) August 11, 2018
Plus points – Davies brilliant, Hyam very good, O’Brien did nothing wrong, Bayliss neat passing and Biamou brought a threat. Surprised Andreu And Hiwula swapped roles – both looked a bit lost and the midfield was swamped. Jury out on Sterling but generally defended well #pusb
— neil white (@everyfilmneil) August 11, 2018
— Danny S White (@dannyswhite) August 11, 2018
A points a point but that performance was not good by all means. Wimbledon completely dominated us and we couldn't deal with their height and physical presence. Never really created many chances passing was very poor as well hopefully improves by next week #PUSB
— Brooklyn (@BSLB7) August 11, 2018
Well that’s a few hours of my life I won’t get back. Awful game. Poor performance. Looking very weak going forward, which I guess is the problem when you sell your best centre forward! #pusb
— Toughy (@Toughy92) August 11, 2018
Relieved to get a point out of that
Didn’t see much of their late penalty shout but looked decent.
We offered nothing in the second half
No goals from open play
— The Lonely Season (Coventry City FC) (@Thelonelyseason) August 11, 2018
That’s a good point in the end. Withstood real pressure #pusb
— Rob Jones (@RobJonesPUSB) August 11, 2018