While not quite a smash-and-grab raid on the Ricoh Arena, MK Dons 2-1 victory against Coventry City on Saturday afternoon was an undeserved blow for a young Sky Blues side who had taken the game to the opposition from the off.
Ben Stevenson’s sending-off was a genuine match-changing moment on which an afternoon of few clear-cut chances hinged in CV6.
The young midfielder had earlier fashioned an equaliser out of nothing for City, capitalising on a mis-hit clearance from Dons goalkeeper Martin and Stevenson, along with Dion Kelly-Evans and Jodi Jones, was a bright spark for the home side throughout proceedings until he was unfortunate to be deemed to have jumped in on Dean Lewington.
As the after-match comments from the players, manager Mark Venus and Telegraph writer Andy Turner have all said, the failure to create and take chances is the key factor that is dragging the Sky Blues back into trouble at the foot of League One.
? Coventry Telegraph (@CovTel_CCFC) November 28, 2016
Jones was a danger throughout the first-half and Kyel Reid saw plenty of the ball as well but Marcus Tudgay, the villain of the piece for many fans, could point to a distinct lack of quality ball into the middle for him to attack.
Tudgay also fashioned the best opportunity of the second-half when playing in Gael Bigirimana for a chance that could and should have put City 2-1 up themselves.
Then came the red card, although it was a disappointment that the Dons winner did not come after a sustained spell of pressure where they were making use of the extra man.
Marvin Sordell’s return will boost the attacking options at Cambridge in the FA Cup but, with no prospect of new signing until January, perhaps more of a genuine 4-5-1 formation will suit the side better over the next few weeks, Jones providing width on one side with maybe Ryan Haynes on the other?