MK Dons manager Karl Robinson left the Ricoh Arena knowing his side had done everything they could to see off Coventry - except score enough goals.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw, Robinson was frustrated as his side carved out a string of chances but only managed to score from a deflected effort.
Coventry, without a home win this season, took the lead in the 34th minute when Richard Wood powered home a header from Gary McSheffrey's corner.
But they could not keep the lead for long as Stephen Gleeson tried his luck from the edge of the area and the ball struck William Edjenguele and flew into the net.
Robinson, however, was frustrated rather than angry at his goal-shy side. He said: "They started very well and caused us problems in the first 10 minutes, but after that I thought we were magnificent.
"It was criminal of us to concede from a set-piece but I was pleased with the way we retained the ball and our wingers caused a threat but we did not take our chances.
"We had enough chances really to have won four games. Our front six players got more than 100 goals last season but it did not go for us here at all. They are not bad players, they are just having a barren spell.
"Not many people will come here and win. Mark Robins (Coventry manager) will turn this around as he does with clubs, and this will be a hard place to come and play. We should have got more from the game and it is a bitter pill to swallow."
For Robins, the game meant another step in the right direction for his Sky Blues side. He said: "We scored from a set-piece. The players have worked hard on those in training and it was good to see it go in.
"MK Dons are a good team and they have really good movement. We played Arsenal in the cup last week and I thought we coped better with their movement than we did here."