MK Dons stay in a play-off spot despite failing to beat lowly Scunthorpe.
The Iron started brightly and missed two early chances as David Martin tipped over Bobby Grant's dipping effort before Oliver Norwood shot wide.
Andy Barcham had another opportunity for the visitors but dragged a left-footed attempt narrowly past the post.
However, the hosts nearly won it late on when substitute Jabo Ibehre broke through but was only denied by a last-ditch challenge from Eddie Nolan.
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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"It wasn't great, but one thing for me, you can see the effort is there. It was just a 'huff and puff' type of game. Both sides cancelled each others quality.
"I made changes at half time and felt we needed to go a little bit longer to give our midfield time to play. We looked better and looked like we were going to nick it.
"At least our players have given everything. They have come off looking tired and probably from me today, a point was a fair result."
Scunthorpe United assistant manager Chris Brass:
"I'm a little bit disappointed that we didn't nick something but the performance was really, really good in all aspects.
"We're progressing. There's still got a lot of work to do but it's pleasing. It's pleasing that they're starting to keep these clean sheets and they've got to keep that level of consistency now.
"Players were playing out of position again but we've worked on it all week against a very good Milton Keynes side who are going to be certainly in the mix up at the end of season."