Dave Jones spoke of his frustration after seeing his Sheffield Wednesday side held to a goalless draw at home to MK Dons in an FA Cup third-round tie which contained few chances in front of goal.
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MK Dons' Shaun Williams went closest to scoring in the second half, hitting a post with a low shot after earlier having an effort saved by Stephen Bywater.
Wednesday posed more of a threat in the first 45 minutes with Mamady Sidibe seeing his shot kept out by David Martin and Michail Antonio's curling effort deflected over.
Jones said: "If anyone was going to score, it was going to come from a set-play, it seemed.
"They had a spell probably a couple of minutes near the end when one or two flashed across but nobody looked like they were going to score from open play.
"It was just frustrating because you want to do well. One or two looked a little bit nervous and took a safety option rather than risking a little bit more.
"Whether there's a little bit of fear here, I don't know. Sometimes you want to do too well, then forget and lose a little bit of focus.
"It was a hard-fought game and we're still in the tie, which is the important thing. If you're not going to win it, certainly don't lose it. You've still got a chance.
"We're disappointed but we've got another crack at it. As a player, you want to play. I don't adhere to the suggestion that we could do without another game.
MK Dons boss Karl Robinson felt that his team should have emerged as victors. He said: "I think we deserved to win. I thought the way we played was very, very good.
"To come to this great stadium - which is steeped in history - and put in a performance like that was nice to see.
"We had a lot of cohesion and a lot of strength. I really was pleased, especially as I had a number of youngsters in the squad.
"I see certain managers having to tinker with their team to rest one or two players but I have to tinker with it to play them.
"It's not that I'm tinkering with the team, it's just that I've not got a lot of choice. I'm enjoying it because it's a wonderful challenge for me.
"We try to conduct ourselves in a classy way and I think as a football club we've done that today.
"Dave Jones is someone I respect. I'm still learning my trade and I've got many years to try and aspire to achieve what he's achieved in his career."