Michael Appleton happy with point at MK Dons

Michael Appleton happy with point at MK Dons

Oxford boss Michael Appleton believes his side's battling 0-0 draw at MK Dons proves once and for all that they have more than adapted to life in League One.

Last season, Oxford were in League Two and MK Dons were in the Championship but there was little to choose between the sides on Saturday as a game of few clear-cut chances ended goalless.

The Dons have now gone nine home league games without a win while the U's are yet to win an away league game this term, and Appleton admitted a draw was always the most likely outcome.

"For whatever reason our away form hasn't been great and MK Dons' home form hasn't been great either - so I suppose 0-0 was written in the stars before the game," he said.

"It was an action-packed game but there weren't many clear-cut chances from either side.

"We've got a good point against a side like MK Dons who were in the Championship last year and we were in League Two - so it's a good positive for us to get a draw against a top side.

"But their goalkeeper was named man of the match so that probably tells you all you need to know about the game.

"Chances were few and far between for both sides and I think 0-0 was a fair result.

"We had fantastic support and I'll be surprised if MK get a better atmosphere this season in the league."

MK Dons' last home league win came against QPR back in March but Kieran Agard saw an early chance cleared off the line against Oxford, while they also missed a string of second-half chances.

And while boss Karl Robinson admits anxiety is starting to creep in for his troops, he wants them to start looking to the future.

"I don't know what more we can do because when you have chances like that you work all week for them and we didn't take them when they come," said Robinson.

"This place is becoming a difficult place to try and turn results around, and I think you can sense an anxiety creeping into the players but that's just the nature of the industry.

"We dominated in all areas of the play and they're always going to have chances because they're a good side - but in the second half I thought we were outstanding for the first 20 minutes.

"We have to move forward now because we were the best team last week [in a 1-1 draw with Bolton] and again here but we've only come away with two points.

"The players do care and there is an appetite there, and we know the points tally isn't where we want it to be but we have to work together and move forward."