Daniel Powell spurned two clear opportunities as MK Dons were held to a goalless draw with Preston.

Ben Reeves set Powell up early, but Lilywhites goalkeeper Declan Rudd was equal to the winger's timid shot.

Preston's Joe Garner had a header saved before the break and Keith Keane hit the post for the visitors after meeting a Scott Laird cross in the second half.

While Powell did well to beat Rudd to a long ball forward, Jack King managed to head his effort off the goalline.

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Post-match: MK Dons boss Karl Robinson

"I though we had the best two chances. Powell's in the first half was gilt-edged, a really poor finish and then second half, he took his chance really early and he could have brought it closer to the goal.

"To lose Samir [Carruthers] so soon with a knee problem and then lose Lee Hodson at half-time was a big blow.

"We're a skeleton squad. I have nothing left at the club, so I'm really proud of the players, I really am. I can't ask for any more.

"We just had to try and pull something out of the bag with the players that I had available.

"It was a really hard-fought point and I'm proud of them."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

Post-match: Preston manager Simon Grayson

"I can't fault the players for their effort, how hard they worked and how disciplined they were.

"It was just that when we got into that final 25 yards, we didn't have the composure, the quality or the end product to break them down.

"It's been a slight problem we've had. We've created a lot of chances over the past few weeks in games and we've not managed to finish teams off when we've had opportunities."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 05 Hodson (Smith - 46' Booked )
  • 03 Lewington
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 24 Kay
  • 23 Spence
  • 17 Powell
  • 14 Alli
  • 13 McLeod Booked
  • 12 Reeves
  • 22 Carruthers (Baldock - 13' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Chadwick
  • 11 Smith
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 20 Rasulo
  • 21 Hall
  • 25 Hickford

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 32 Wiseman (Humphrey - 57' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 37 Kilkenny Booked
  • 05 Clarke Booked
  • 06 Wright
  • 02 Keane (Brownhill - 74' )
  • 19 Welsh
  • 09 Davies (Beavon - 74' )
  • 14 Garner
  • 22 King

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 10 Beavon
  • 12 Gallagher
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 27 Hume
  • 30 Brownhill
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 7,279

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

5 2

Corners

3 5

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +2:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +2:00

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

90:00 +1:53

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

90:00 +1:18 Booking

Booking Izale McLeod (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:10

(Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:10

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

90:00 +0:33 Booking

Booking Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:24 Booking

Booking Tom Clarke (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:16 Booking

Booking Alan Smith (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:09

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:09

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

88:26

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

87:38

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:38

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

83:44

Hand ball by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

74:52

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

73:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Stuart Beavon replaces Kevin Davies.

73:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Keith Keane.

72:31

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:31

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

67:23

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

67:23

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:44

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

66:44

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

65:15

Attempt saved. Alan Smith (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:52

Attempt saved. Keith Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

63:11

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

61:36

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

61:26

Attempt saved. Anthony Kay (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:12

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

61:01

Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

59:12

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

58:34

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:34

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

58:06

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:06

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

56:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Scott Wiseman.

54:06

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

54:06

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:33

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

51:33

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:51

Keith Keane (Preston North End) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

50:00

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:57

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

49:47

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

47:40

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:40

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

47:07

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:17

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Martin.

45:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Alan Smith replaces Lee Hodson.

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 0.

44:55

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:55

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

39:35

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

38:32

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

38:32

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

36:03

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

35:16

Hand ball by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

33:02

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Martin.

32:48

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

32:29

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

31:02

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

27:19

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

27:19

Izale McLeod (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:51

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:51

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

20:00

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:59

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

18:42

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

18:42

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

18:30

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

15:04

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

15:04

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:05

Attempt missed. Jack King (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

12:34

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

12:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Samir Carruthers.

9:47

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

9:39

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

8:46

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Bamidele Alli.

1:32

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top right corner.

0:52

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

0:52

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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