AFC Wimbledon failed to find their spark at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday night as they played out a goalless draw with Plymouth Argyle.
It was a close-fought match and Wimbledon chief Neal Ardley resisted the urge to make substitutions in a late attempt to turn one point into three.
He said: “I thought it was quite an entertaining game, full-blooded, end-to-end. On the night, I thought the goalkeepers and defences for both teams were excellent.
“Sometimes subs come on and they take a few minutes to get into it, regardless of how much work you do with them on the side.
“Sometimes you look at the bench and think ‘this might suit him’.
“The shape was good, Rigg and Francomb were doing their jobs. You look at it and ask yourself if a change is going to win the game or lose the game for you.
“They finished strong though the boys.”