Colchester's on-loan goalkeeper Sam Walker made a string of saves to earn his side a draw against MK Dons.

Borrowed from Chelsea, the stopper denied both Patrick Bamford and Dale Jennings in the first half.

Tom Eastman wasted the away side's best chance when he headed straight at Dons goalkeeper David Martin following Luke Garbutt's free-kick.

Walker superbly diverted Stephen Gleeson's effort onto the woodwork late on to preserve a point for his side.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We deserved a lot more than a draw but credit to Colchester, they came here with a game plan and they stuck to it.

"We were patient, moved the ball quickly, and looked good at times. We were far superior and that's not being disrespectful to the opposition.

"We've got to take the positives out of a clean sheet and the number of chances we created.

"Their goalkeeper has made as good a save as I've seen for a long time to keep out Stephen Gleeson as well."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne for BBC Essex:

"It was a hard-earned point. We rode our luck times, but I felt overall we had players playing well in the positions that we needed to.

"The game plan was to try and frustrate and hold them as long as we could and try and nick something on the break. For us it was a good point.

"Sam [Walker] when needed was reliable. His saves were exceptional, a lot of the shots were limited to long range, but he saw them late and his reflexes were very good.

"But you need your goalkeeper to play well at places like this and he did, so we're grateful for it."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 05 Hodson (Baldock - 74' )
  • 03 Lewington
  • 07 Gleeson Booked
  • 23 Spence Booked
  • 06 Williams
  • 22 Carruthers Booked (Powell - 80' )
  • 08 Potter Booked
  • 15 Bamford
  • 12 Reeves
  • 26 Jennings (Alli - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Flanagan
  • 11 Smith
  • 14 Alli
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 17 Powell
  • 18 Baldock
  • 24 Kay

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 27 Garbutt
  • 02 Wright
  • 04 Okuonghae (Morrison - 93' )
  • 18 Eastman
  • 15 Bean Booked
  • 06 Eastmond (Gilbey - 80' )
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 07 Watt (Vose - 66' )
  • 03 Dickson

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 09 Morrison
  • 11 Sears
  • 16 Turgott
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 25 Vose
Ref: Charles Breakspear
Att: 7,879

Match Stats

Shots

29 3

On target

14 2

Corners

16 2

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 0, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +4:52

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

90:00 +2:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Magnus Okuonghae.

90:00 +1:56

Shaun Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:56

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

90:00 +1:40 Booking

Booking Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:21 Booking

Booking Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

89:35

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

89:35

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:50

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

87:50

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:55

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Walker.

86:43

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:06

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

85:14

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:14

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

84:00

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:57

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

82:59

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

82:51

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Walker.

82:28

Attempt saved. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

81:47

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:47

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

80:13

Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

79:32

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

79:32

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Samir Carruthers.

79:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Alex Gilbey replaces Craig Eastmond.

78:20

Attempt missed. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

77:43

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

75:14 Booking

Booking Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

75:03

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

75:03

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:19

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

73:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Lee Hodson.

73:26

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

70:21

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

69:23 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

69:00

Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:56

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

68:43

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:41

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:41

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

66:55

Shaun Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:55

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

66:19

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

66:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Sanchez Watt.

65:09 Booking

Booking Jordan Spence (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

65:05

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

65:05

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:32

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

63:32

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:47

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jabo Ibehre.

61:58

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

61:39

Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:39

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

60:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Bamidele Alli replaces Dale Jennings.

59:41

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

55:24

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

54:56

Attempt saved. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:37

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

53:37

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:13

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:13

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

51:57

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

48:54

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:17

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Walker.

48:06

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:08

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:08

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

46:50

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Walker.

46:31

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

46:00

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 0, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 0, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +1:00

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:58

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

45:00 +0:15

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

42:53 Booking

Booking Darren Potter (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

42:42

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

42:42

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:38

Attempt saved. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

39:19

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

37:37

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

37:37

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:39

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

34:43

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

33:55

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:55

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

33:07

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:07

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

30:11

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

28:51

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

24:14

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

24:14

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:05

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

19:05

David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:48

Attempt saved. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:30

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by David Wright.

18:15

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:51

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:51

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

17:00

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:56

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

13:46

Attempt saved. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

13:16

Foul by Shaun Williams (MK Dons).

13:16

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:49

Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

10:18

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

9:41

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:41

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

9:17

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:44

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

8:30

Dale Jennings (MK Dons) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right.

7:37

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

4:58

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

4:32

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

2:58

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

2:38

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:49

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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