Martin’s magic is enough for Dons
MK DONS goalkeeper David Martin was the star of the show as Karl Robinson’s men collected an unlikely point but Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner was far from angered by the display of the home side.
Shrewsbury created the clearer chances in a game which got better the longer it developed but were unable to find a way past inspired goalkeeper Martin.
He pulled off four sharp saves as the home side chased a second-half breakthrough, the pick of them when he somehow kept out a close range effort from Aaron Wildig 12 minutes from time.
Turner said: “We have to be reasonably pleased with the outcome. It is a point on the board and that is important.
“It was a hard game with plenty of tension in it and I think we lacked a little belief in the first half. “We built the pre-season on passing the ball and good movement but it was not there in the first half.
“In the second half we looked a lot better and showed that bit of urgency and control and there were some interesting situations we should have done better with.
“But the encouraging thing is that we can get better.”
Robinson, pleased his side stood firm as Shrewsbury upped the tempo early in the second half, added: “This is a team who had scored ten goals here in pre-season and it was good to keep a clean sheet against them.
“We were the away side and it is not easy to impose yourself and we found it very hard to get going.
“I thought they were the better side for the first 15 minutes of the second but we got a point in the first game of the season and there are 25 per cent of teams in this league who would swap our result.
“They are a very good side who are difficult to break down.” Neither side could get a grip of the game in a low key first half.
Shrewsbury were much improved after the restart and took control, repeatedly testing former Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Martin.
Just two minutes in Martin tipped debutant striker John Marsden’s effort over the bar, then he caught a Paul Parry volley on the line before dropping smartly onto another Marsden shot on the turn.
Then Martin made his most telling contribution when he instinctively blocked Wildig's close range effort.
The Dons found it tough to break down the home side but they threatened late on and substitute George Baldock almost snatched victory with a rasping drive late on.