Shrewsbury Town had the better of proceedings but they were unable to break down a plucky AFC Wimbledon outfit.
On a more positive note, the goalless draw extended Shrewsbury’s unbeaten record to five matches.
The onus was on Town to make it three wins in a row following impressive victories against promotion contenders Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough United.
But AFC Wimbledon’s sturdy defence nullified the home sides attacking threat and Wally Downes’ side held on to make it seven away points out of a possible nine.
Sam Ricketts made four alterations in terms of personnel from the side that won 2-0 in midweek. Dave Edwards made his first start for the club in his second spell, whilst Scott Golbourne, Ollie Norburn and Aaron Amadi-Holloway all started.
Both team’s engaged in a sounding out process in the early stages of the contest, with neither side threatening the respective opposition keeper.
Shrewsbury moved up a gear as Ollie Norburn found Tyrese Campbell with an intricate lob over the top. The latter fired a cross into the box; but Dave Edwards was unable to latch onto the opportunity.
Then Edwards, returning from a three-match suspension; found Tyrese Campbell with an accurate cross. The Stoke City loanee headed straight into the arms of England U21 international Aaron Ramsdale.
The game didn’t look likely to live up to pre-match expectations, with Shrewsbury finding it tough to break down a resilient Dons defence.
Just before the break, Shaun Whalley swept a delivery into the danger area which found Josh Laurent. The midfielder couldn’t keep his header down and it looped over the crossbar.
AFC Wimbledon offered nothing in terms of creativity – and it was relatively easy to see why they have failed to score in 15 of their 35 matches this campaign.
Shrewsbury continued to apply pressure. Tyrese Campbell struck an attempt goalward, but Aaron Ramsdale kept his composure to produce a smart save.
The match lost any glimmer of intensity as both sides struggled to entertain their respective fans.
AFC Wimbledon finally demonstrated some attacking ambition when Joe Pigott cushioned a header into the path of Michael Folivi. The Watford loanee bore down on goal, and Steve Arnold dived bravely to smother the ball.
Prior to than chance Joe Pigott headed wide from a Steve Seddon delivery, but Shrewsbury never looked close to conceding.
The home fans were livid that the referee failed to award a penalty when Greg Docherty’s rasping volley clearly struck the arm of an AFC Wimbledon defender.
Moments later, Derby County loanee Jonathan Mitchell made his Town debut, as Steve Arnold’s collision with Folivi earlier on had rendered him unable to continue.
Shrewsbury continued to knock on the door. Josh Laurent’s shot missed the target; and Luke Waterfall’s header was gobbled up by Aaron Ramsdale.
But the most controversial moment of the match arrived when Ramsdale’s clearance ricocheted off Fejiri Okenabirhie; and trickled over the line.
For some reason, unbeknown to the 6,000 plus Town fans inside the stadium, the referee ruled the goal out for a possible infringement.
Sam Ricketts will understandably be furious, as Shrewsbury should have stolen all three points at the death.
Town (17th) and AFC Wimbledon (24th) remain in the same positions as they were prior to kick-off. Shrewsbury travel to Rochdale next Saturday, whilst AFC Wimbledon host Doncaster.
Attendance: 6,166 (440 away fans)
Team Line Ups:
Shrewsbury Town: (5-3-2)
15. Arnold (83), 7. Whalley, 13. Bolton, 2. Williams, 22. Waterfall, 23. Golbourne, 28. Laurent, 29. Norburn, 4. Edwards (67), 20. Holloway, 12. Campbell (67)
Subs: 1. Mitchell (83), 5. Sadler, 6. Beckles, 8. Docherty (67), 12. Okenabirhie (67), 27. Sears, 50. Payne
Subs Not Used: 5. Sadler, 6. Beckles, 27. Sears, 50. Payne
AFC Wimbledon: (3-5-2)
35. Ramsdale, 30. Kalambayi, 5. Nightingale, 6. Thomas, 20. Sibbick, 7. Wagstaff (71), 8. Hartigan, 40. Wordsworth, 15. Seddon, 41. Folivi (82), 39. Pigott
Subs: 2. Watson, 10. Jervis, 11. Pinnock (82), 17. Barcham, 18. Hanson (71), 24. McDonnell, 38. McLaughlin
Subs Not Used: 2.Watson, 10. Jervis, 17. Barcham, 24. McDonnell, 38. McLaughlin
Other League One Results:
Accrington 0 – 1 Coventry
Bristol Rovers 4 – 0 Blackpool
Burton 0 – 0 Walsall
Doncaster 1 – 1 Charlton
Fleetwood 1 – 1 Gillingham
Luton 2 – 0 Rochdale
Oxford 2 – 1 Scunthorpe
Peterborough 4 – 2 Wycombe
Portsmouth 5 – 1 Bradford
Sunderland 2 – 0 Plymouth
Southend 0 – 3 Barnsley