Coventry City 1 MK Dons 1
Coventry City took on MK Dons at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday night having finally gained their first League One victory of the season at Oldham on Saturday.
Mark Robins got his players to train at the Ricoh Arena on Monday in a first move to get them feeling more at 'home' in their own stadium ahead of games against the Dons and then Bournemouth at the weekend.
The first of those visiting teams, Karl Robinson's Milton Keynes side, posed a real test at this early stage of Robins' reign given their pedigree as a top League One outfit of the past couple of seasons and with a reputation for playing good football.
The Sky Blues started brightly and were on the front foot for the opening 15 minutes, having a good penalty shout turned down and creating a couple of decent chances for Baker and McGoldrick.
MK are an accomplished side at League One level however and had just settled into their passing football, starting to test the home defence when they were undone by a well-worked City corner, Richard Wood peeling away from the penalty spot to head in.
The equaliser came through a deflected shot but honours even at half-time was a fair assessment of the opening 45 minutes.
After the break though it was the Dons who began to dominate as the home side lost their shape and began to back away from the intelligent probing of Gleeson and Chadwick. Chances were created and few in the crowd could believe it when an open goal was passed up.
Mark Robins made a trio of substitutions which had the desired effect of steadying the ship as David McGoldrick moved out to the left-hand side and John Fleck made an impact in the centre of the pitch where Adam Barton had faded after a bright start.
The City boss told BBC CWR afterwards that he was pleased with the start his side made but felt the midfield battle was lost after half-time until the substitutions. He praised the 'shift' put in by the Sky Blues while continuing to look for better ball retention. As with most home fans leaving the Ricoh Arena he was happy to take a point from the game.
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