Lincoln City will face Sunderland in the play-offs after a 0-0 draw against AFC Wimbledon on the final day of the Sky Bet League One season.

With little to play for, Michael Appleton made six changes to the starting line-up that begun the game against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening.

Joe Walsh, returning from injury, replaced Lewis Monstma at the heart of the defence.

The Imps boss then opted for a midfield three of Jorge Grant, Liam Bridcutt and Conor McGrandles, with the latter two replacing James Jones and Cohen Bramall.

Brennan Johnson and Morgan Rogers then came into the attack, replacing Harry Anderson and Anthony Scully.

Honours even in the first half

City started brightly, with an end of season feel to the end-to-end attacking from both sides. Brennan Johnson saw an effort inside the opening minute deflected behind for a corner.

Wimbledon also started with a fast pace to their game, with the visitors the first to test either goalkeeper, although it was easily dealt with by Alex Palmer.

A superb piece of trickery by former Lincoln player Ollie Palmer played Jack Rudoni in behind on 14 minutes, but his effort was again saved by Palmer.

The Imps then had the best chance of the game so far in the 21st minute. Morgan Rogers’ excellent through ball found Johnson, who’s effort at goal was saved by the quick-thinking Nik Tzanev.

Lincoln City in action against AFC Wimbledon on the final day of the season. Photo: Ben Robinson

Despite having little to play for, Appleton’s side were playing tremendous football. However, they lacked a cutting edge in front of goal, with Tzanev remaining largely untested throughout the half.

Lincoln then almost opened the scoring on 39 minutes. A superb piece of play at the edge of the area resulted in Brennan Johnson tapping home from two yards out, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Little to separate either side

Lacking a cutting-edge continued to be theme as the second half started. Brennan Johnson saw a volley find the corner of the Stacey West stand, while crosses into the box could not find a red and white shirt.

The tempo was slow throughout much of the opening 20 minutes of the half. AFC Wimbledon struggled to test Palmer, while Lewis Montsma’s long-range free-kick was the best opportunity for City.

Tom Hopper then went close for Lincoln in the 74th minute. The forward met a cross into the box at the front post and tried to divert it into the opposite corner, but it was saved by Tzanev.

Brennan Johnson then went close again on 78 minutes. The on-loan forward drove into the box before trying to chip the Wimbledon goalkeeper, who saved superbly once again.

Both sides had a smattering of chances late on, but neither could find the back of the net.

The Imps will now go onto face Sunderland in the play-offs, with the first game on Wednesday May 19.