Stuart Murdoch's Wimbledon will have to do better than this to fill 28,000 seats in Milton Keynes on the evidence of their goalless bore draw with Watford at Selhurst Park.
The Dons did little to entertain a sparse 2,643 crowd despite being denied a late penalty when David Connolly was tripped by Watford goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain.
This fixture was supposed to be the first played in a temporary new stadium at the Milton Keynes Bowl, but Wimbledon will have to wait at least another year for the fixture to become a local derby.
The Dons missed their own deadline for that move, and now plan to redevelop the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes before a larger, permanent home can be built. But they will struggle to attract many new fans with lifeless displays like this.
Last season's clash between the two sides at Selhurst Park ended in a dreadfully poor goalless stalemate, and this was another scrappy encounter.
Connolly twice went close to breaking the deadlock for Wimbledon, but Watford's Tommy Smith should also have scored, and Heidar Helguson was guilty of the worst miss of the match.
Smith was presented with the first decent opening in the 28th minute when clean through on goal but goalkeeper Kelvin Davis raced off his line to make a vital block with his legs.
Two minutes later Connolly had a gilt-edged chance at the other end after being played in by Nigel Reo-Coker, but Watford keeper Alec Chamberlain emulated his opposite number to block quickly.
Helguson`s glaring miss came in the 41st minute when he miscued a volley from six yards wide of the Wimbledon goal after a neat set-up from Neil Cox.
Reo-Coker blazed just wide from Connolly's lay-off straight after the break as Wimbledon began to dominate, but a succession of corners brought the visitors back into the game.
Connolly came close to opening the scores after pulling down a 75th-minute cross from Jobi McAnuff, but his 12-yard snapshot was deflected wide.
Watford introduced Gifton Noel-Williams for Helguson, and the striker unleashed a blistering shot with virtually his first touch which flew just over the crossbar.
But Connolly was denied what seemed a decent shout for a penalty after Chamberlain brought him down inside the box after 85 minutes.
Referee Eddie Wolstenholme waved away the appeals, and a subsequent war of words between the two players earned a booking for each.