MK Dons could not pick up three points on Valentine’s Day as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Bury.

The Dons did have the better chances in an even affair, and also created more opportunities over the course of the game, but couldn’t find a breakthrough against the struggling Shakers. Its a result that means MK Dons have lost just one in eight and keeps the Dons 14th in the table, but provides a frustration in the team’s attempt to get towards the top half of the League One table.

The first half was a mainly tight affair, with the closest to chances seeing Harvey Barnes, Chuks Aneke and the home side’s Jacob Mellis have shots at goal blocked, and a lot of moments where defences were able to neutralise attacking threats.

As the half ticked by, the Dons began to take some ascendancy. Dean Bowditch saw a drive held by Joe Murphy, while George Baldock and league debutant Ben Tilney saw efforts go wide. Bury’s strongest chance of the half had earlier fallen to Cam Burgess, who headed over from less than ten yards.

The hosts suffered a blow when top scorer James Vaughan picked up an injury and had to be substituted at half-time.  But his replacement George Miller then came close to being the deadlock breaker, with an angle drive denied by David Martin.

The second half began in a similarly tight manner, but intensified as proceedings continued, with the Dons creating the bulk of the opportunities. Ed Upson saw a drive from distance go wide before Stuart O’Keefe’s deflected effort was saved by Murphy, and the keeper made a further stop to deny Bowditch. Bury saw a chance fall the way of Andrew Tutte, that Martin held.

MK continued to press but saw O’Keefe blaze over when well-placed and then saw Murphy deny Tilney. The introduction of ex-Don Ryan Lowe did see Bury apply some late pressure, but the Dons rode it out and the game ended without goals.