Remie Streete suffered another injury as Port Vale suffered a lacklustre goalless draw after an uninspiring game at Vale Park on Saturday.
Michael Brown made three changes bringing back Danny Pugh, Anton Forrester and JJ Hooper.
However, the visitors got off to the better start as they hit the post in the opening minutes but an insipid first-half otherwise pittered out. It was chiefly notable for some baffling decisions from the officials including an odd decision not to red card a Milton Keynes player who clearly elbowed Anton Forrester in the face.
Sadly, Vale also suffered the loss of Remie Streete through injury on the half-hour mark and it saw the strapping Andre Bikey called into action for the first time. Bikey and central defensive partner Nathan Smith played reasonably well in an otherwise disappointing performance from the Vale team.
The Valiants really failed to threaten until a brief spell in the closing stages saw sub Rigino Cicilia stroke the ball wide when well placed. However, it was probably fair to say that a goalless draw was a fair result for a game played by two sides who appeared low on both quality and confidence.
However, results elsewhere did give the Vale the consolation of closing to within one point of safety but in reality a stronger home performance could have seen them move clear instead. It was another opportunity missed and the Valiants still remain in real relegation danger.