Sheffield United remain in the automatic promotion places in League One after a goalless draw with MK Dons.

Jamie Murphy came close to giving the hosts the lead in the last minute of the first period but his header from Dave Kitson's cross went just over.

Antony Kay flicked Dean Bowditch's free-kick narrowly off target for the visitors.

Sub Jonathan Forte drew a fine save from Dons keeper Ian McLoughlin but neither side could break the deadlock.

The results means Blades are still in second place, three points behind leaders Doncaster with a game in hand.

Karl Robinson's side remain in 12th and are 10 points off the play-offs with 11 matches to play.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought the fans were brilliant today, they kept us going. As the game went on I thought we took a grip of it. I thought we did really well but I thought there were a couple of decisions that could have gone our way.

"If you're not going to get the win, you make sure you don't lose.

"I thought the performance was fantastic at times. We can't really be critical in the way we've played, we've just been unfortunate in the chances that we've had."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I think a point was fair today.

"It's important we build from this - I just hope it's not too late [for the play-offs].

"I wouldn't have taken a point before the game as I felt we were coming into this game with so much confidence and fluency.

"To lose Daniel Powell was a killer blow to us. We had a game plan in the first half which involved him, but we made the substitutions and we felt we got it right in the end."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald
  • 19 Robson (Poleon - 82' )
  • 14 Kitson
  • 23 Murphy (Forte - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 02 Westlake
  • 04 Higginbotham
  • 16 Forte
  • 22 Poleon
  • 24 Ironside
  • 26 McFadzean

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 03 Lewington
  • 12 Chicksen
  • 24 Kay
  • 06 Williams
  • 08 Potter
  • 11 Smith (Bamford - 58' Booked )
  • 17 Powell (Doumbe - 31' )
  • 23 Lines
  • 09 Bowditch
  • 14 Lowe (Gleeson - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Otsemobor
  • 04 Doumbe
  • 15 Flanagan
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 18 Baldock
  • 13 McLeod
  • 33 Bamford
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 17,936

Match Stats

Shots

9 4

On target

6 1

Corners

7 3

Fouls

16 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Lewington on Ryan Flynn. Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

90:00 +1:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Darren Potter. Antony Kay takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:42

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Flynn, clearance made by Shaun Williams. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Flynn played to the near post, Mathias Doumbe manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:21

The ball is swung over by Michael Doyle, Darren Potter makes a clearance.

89:18

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Stephen Gleeson misses to the left of the target.

87:55

Jonathan Forte handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Shaun Williams restarts play with the free kick.

86:41

Stephen Gleeson challenges Harry Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Doyle takes the free kick.

86:02

The ball is swung over by Kevin McDonald, Dean Lewington makes a clearance.

85:07

Effort on goal by Kevin McDonald from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

82:58

Dave Kitson concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Bowditch. Free kick taken by Shaun Williams.

81:33

Antony Kay restarts play with the free kick.

81:33 Substitution

Substitution Barry Robson leaves the field to be replaced by Dominic Poleon.

81:33

Neill Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Potter.

79:38

Tony McMahon produces a cross, clearance by Chris Lines.

79:04

Centre by Tony McMahon, Antony Kay manages to make a clearance.

78:54

Matthew Hill crosses the ball, Antony Kay makes a clearance.

78:06

A cross is delivered by Dean Lewington, clearance by Harry Maguire.

75:04

Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

75:04 Booking

Booking Patrick Bamford receives a caution.

73:55

Centre by Jonathan Forte, clearance made by Dean Bowditch.

73:22

Stephen Gleeson produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 30 yards. George Long makes a save.

71:21

Foul by Jonathan Forte on Mathias Doumbe, free kick awarded. Shaun Williams sends in a cross, Mathias Doumbe takes a shot. Harry Maguire gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Dean Bowditch from the left by-line, clearance made by Harry Maguire.

70:48

A cross is delivered by Adam Chicksen, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

69:10

Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin. Barry Robson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Antony Kay.

67:51 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Lowe goes off and Stephen Gleeson comes on.

66:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Bamford on Neill Collins. Matthew Hill restarts play with the free kick.

65:17

Foul by Dave Kitson on Shaun Williams, free kick awarded. Ian McLoughlin takes the direct free kick.

64:07

Barry Robson takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Darren Potter. Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Mathias Doumbe.

62:12

Unfair challenge on Shaun Williams by Jonathan Forte results in a free kick. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

61:33 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Forte is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Murphy.

59:54

Foul by Michael Doyle on Ryan Lowe, free kick awarded. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

58:57

The official flags Dave Kitson offside. Ian McLoughlin takes the indirect free kick.

58:21

Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Antony Kay.

58:12

The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Mathias Doumbe.

57:41 Substitution

Substitution Alan Smith goes off and Patrick Bamford comes on.

52:41

Dean Bowditch produces a cross.

48:39

Chris Lines fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Bowditch produces a cross, Antony Kay produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

46:28

Tony McMahon sends in a cross, Shaun Williams makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:38 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:01

Dean Bowditch crosses the ball, Neill Collins makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:49

Tony McMahon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Lewington. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:36

Jamie Murphy sends in a cross, Dean Lewington manages to make a clearance.

43:53

The ball is delivered by Dave Kitson, Header from deep inside the area by Barry Robson goes over the bar.

42:28

Centre by Jamie Murphy, blocked by Antony Kay. Barry Robson takes the outswinging corner, Dean Lewington makes a clearance.

40:15

Tony McMahon produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

37:11

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Dean Bowditch, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.

37:11 Booking

Booking Harry Maguire goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

37:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Chicksen by Harry Maguire.

34:55

Dean Lewington produces a cross, clearance made by Kevin McDonald. Corner taken by Dean Bowditch, George Long makes a save.

34:41

The ball is delivered by Dean Bowditch, Harry Maguire makes a clearance.

34:29

Ryan Lowe crosses the ball, blocked by Tony McMahon.

30:59 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Powell goes off and Mathias Doumbe comes on.

30:02

A cross is delivered by Daniel Powell, save by George Long.

29:14

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Lowe. Harry Maguire takes the free kick.

26:31

Foul by Dave Kitson on Chris Lines, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Antony Kay.

25:41

Foul by Matthew Hill on Ryan Lowe, free kick awarded. Adam Chicksen takes the direct free kick.

23:28

Shaun Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Dave Kitson. Michael Doyle takes the direct free kick. The ball is crossed by Ryan Flynn. Barry Robson has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Antony Kay.

22:37

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

21:31

Kevin McDonald produces a cross.

17:11

Jamie Murphy produces a cross, Shaun Williams makes a clearance.

15:27

Harry Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Bowditch. Free kick crossed right-footed by Dean Bowditch, Neill Collins makes a clearance. The ball is crossed by Daniel Powell, Jamie Murphy gets a block in. Darren Potter delivers the ball in from the corner, save made by George Long.

14:40

Centre by Jamie Murphy, clearance made by Shaun Williams.

12:44

Ryan Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Smith. Free kick taken by Dean Lewington.

12:23

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dave Kitson. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

11:48

The official flags Ryan Lowe offside. Indirect free kick taken by George Long.

11:09

A cross is delivered by Daniel Powell, save by George Long.

10:11

Foul by Antony Kay on Dave Kitson, free kick awarded. Michael Doyle takes the free kick.

8:46

Jamie Murphy delivers the ball, blocked by Shaun Williams. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Robson. Unfair challenge on Antony Kay by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.

6:59

A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, blocked by Dean Lewington. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson.

5:23

Barry Robson takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

2:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Potter on Barry Robson. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.

1:33

Michael Doyle fouled by Alan Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Harry Maguire restarts play with the free kick.

0:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Dean Lewington. Shaun Williams takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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