MK Dons 1-1 Notts County
Notts County set a new club record of 11 away games unbeaten but were denied victory over MK Dons by substitute Jay O'Shea's classy second-half strike.
The Magpies had the better of the first half and Yoann Arquin had strong penalty claims waved away before Neal Bishop's 20-yard strike put them ahead.
MK Dons took control after the break and O'Shea's curling shot made it 1-1.
The hosts piled forward but Notts were able to withstand considerable late pressure to earn a point.
MK Dons began brightly, having several shots blocked and forcing Magpies keeper Bartosz Bialkowski into a fine save to deny Luke Chadwick.
But the visitors started to take control after a quarter of an hour and could have been leading by more than a single goal at the interval.
Arquin hooked an effort just wide and had a decent penalty shout ignored while Alan Judge also went close with a free-kick.
But Bishop's superb dipping strike into the bottom corner - the first MK Dons have conceded at home this season - was all they had to show for their efforts.
A much improved home side upped the tempo in the second half and levelled when O'Shea cut inside from the left and curled a glorious right-footed effort past Bialkowski and into the far corner.
Notts held on but slip to third place in the table while fellow promotion-hopefuls MK Dons are in seventh spot, level on points with five other teams.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"We weren't very good in the first half but their goal was a deflected shot from 35 yards and that's all they had.
"Maybe I got the team wrong in the first half, but the boys got me out of trouble in the second half.
"We had a game plan - it maybe nullified some of our strengths, but they had strengths we wanted to nullify.
"We looked comfortable but didn't have a cutting edge. In the second half the forwards got hold of the ball, the wide players became effective and we were at our fluent best again."
Notts County manager Keith Curle told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"We knew we had to come and we had to compete - we had to try and stop them from playing and the message to the players before they went out was stop them from playing.
"I think the players enjoyed that, they revelled in the fact that they knew what their roles and responsibilities were. They knew individually what man they had to mark and lock onto.
"And then they knew that they still had that freedom in their play that when we got good possession of the ball, go and play, go and express yourselves, go and enjoy yourselves."
- 01 Martin
- 02 Otsemobor Booked
- 03 Lewington Booked
- 05 MacKenzie
- 24 Kay (O'Shea - 54' )
- 06 Williams
- 07 Gleeson
- 08 Potter Booked
- 17 Powell
- 10 MacDonald (Smith - 82' )
- 26 Chadwick (Lowe - 63' )
- 16 McLoughlin
- 12 Chicksen
- 11 Smith
- 13 Bullard
- 23 O'Shea
- 09 Bowditch
- 14 Lowe
- 01 Bialkowski
- 02 Kelly
- 06 Leacock
- 08 Liddle
- 27 Regan
- 04 Bishop
- 10 Judge
- 16 Labadie Booked
- 20 Campbell-Ryce (J Hughes - 64' )
- 13 Zoko (L Hughes - 77' )
- 15 Arquin (Showunmi - 86' )
- 23 Speiss
- 24 Wholey
- 26 Hollis
- 11 J Hughes
- 18 Bencherif
- 09 Showunmi
- 19 L Hughes
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +3:43
Alan Judge takes a shot. Save made by David Martin.90:00 +2:34
The ball is delivered by Shaun Williams.89:06
The offside flag is raised against Lee Hughes. Shaun Williams takes the indirect free kick.85:46
Joss Labadie restarts play with the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Leacock by Shaun Williams. Free kick taken by Alan Judge. Unfair challenge on Alan Judge by Darren Potter results in a free kick. Alan Judge takes the direct free kick.85:46 Substitution
Substitution Enoch Showunmi replaces Yoann Arquin.85:46
Foul by Darren Potter on Joss Labadie, free kick awarded.85:06
Foul by Alan Smith on Gary Liddle, free kick awarded. Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.84:30
Neal Bishop fouled by Alan Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.82:29
Dean Lewington takes a shot. Dean Leacock makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James O'Shea from the left by-line, Jon Otsemobor takes a shot. Brilliant save by Bartosz Bialkowski.82:17
Jon Otsemobor produces a cross, Gary Liddle manages to make a clearance.78:48 Substitution
Substitution Alan Smith is brought on as a substitute for Charlie MacDonald.78:48
Unfair challenge on Ryan Lowe by Dean Leacock results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James O'Shea. Yoann Arquin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Powell. Free kick crossed left-footed by Shaun Williams. Effort from just outside the area by Darren Potter goes over the target.76:52 Substitution
Substitution Lee Hughes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Francois Zoko.74:01
James O'Shea takes the direct free kick.74:01 Booking
Booking Joss Labadie receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.73:53
Joss Labadie concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie MacDonald.72:15
Free kick taken by Alan Judge. Julian Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James O'Shea. James O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.72:15 Booking
Booking Darren Potter receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.72:09
Darren Potter challenges Joss Labadie unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jon Otsemobor. The offside flag is raised against Charlie MacDonald. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the direct free kick.67:49
Assist on the goal came from Charlie MacDonald.67:49 Goal scored
Goal! - James O'Shea - MK Dons 1 - 1 Notts Co Goal scored by James O'Shea from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Notts County.66:47
James O'Shea produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.65:38
Corner from the right by-line taken by Alan Judge, Shot from deep inside the area by Jeff Hughes clears the crossbar.64:41
The assistant referee flags for offside against Yoann Arquin. Direct free kick taken by David Martin.63:30 Substitution
Substitution Jeff Hughes comes on in place of Jamal Campbell-Ryce.63:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neal Bishop by Charlie MacDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.62:55 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Lowe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Chadwick.61:54
Yoann Arquin takes a shot. Save by David Martin.61:17
Shot from deep inside the area by Gary MacKenzie clears the bar.59:08
Francois Zoko fouled by Jon Otsemobor, the ref awards a free kick. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the direct free kick.57:59
The ball is delivered by Daniel Powell, save made by Bartosz Bialkowski.57:30
The ball is crossed by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Header on goal by Yoann Arquin from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.56:02
Yoann Arquin challenges Dean Lewington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Lewington restarts play with the free kick.56:00 Booking
Booking Booking for Jon Otsemobor.53:16 Substitution
Substitution Antony Kay goes off and James O'Shea comes on.52:49
Joss Labadie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Williams. Shaun Williams takes the direct free kick.51:51
The ball is delivered by Dean Lewington, Shaun Williams has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.50:31
The assistant referee flags for offside against Yoann Arquin. Antony Kay takes the indirect free kick.48:02
Corner taken by Shaun Williams played to the near post, Dean Leacock manages to make a clearance.46:09
Charlie MacDonald is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.45:28
Effort on goal by Joss Labadie from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. Corner from the right by-line taken by Shaun Williams, clearance by Gary Liddle.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +1:13 Half time
Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.43:40
Julian Kelly restarts play with the free kick. Yoann Arquin challenges Jon Otsemobor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Williams takes the free kick, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Charlie MacDonald misses to the right of the target.43:40 Booking
Booking Dean Lewington shown a yellow card.43:24
Unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce by Dean Lewington results in a free kick.41:26
Luke Chadwick handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Alan Judge from the free kick, save by David Martin. Corner taken by Alan Judge from the left by-line to the near post, Francois Zoko produces a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.41:02
Dean Lewington challenges Francois Zoko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joss Labadie.36:28
Joss Labadie has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.29:56
Shaun Williams takes a corner. Corner from the left by-line taken by Shaun Williams, clearance made by Neal Bishop. Daniel Powell takes a shot. Corner taken left-footed by Shaun Williams from the right by-line, Dean Leacock fouled by Gary MacKenzie, the ref awards a free kick. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the free kick.29:06
Luke Chadwick takes a shot. Jamal Campbell-Ryce gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Shaun Williams from the right by-line, Dean Leacock makes a clearance.27:40
Stephen Gleeson crosses the ball.26:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Neal Bishop - MK Dons 0 - 1 Notts Co Neal Bishop fires in a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Notts County.24:02
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge by Darren Potter. Strike on goal comes in from Alan Judge from the free kick. Outswinging corner taken by Alan Judge from the right by-line, Antony Kay manages to make a clearance.21:46
Centre by Neal Bishop, Francois Zoko produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.20:16
Unfair challenge on Darren Potter by Alan Judge results in a free kick. Darren Potter takes the free kick. Shot from just outside the box by Shaun Williams goes over the crossbar.18:52
The ball is swung over by Luke Chadwick, fantastic save by Bartosz Bialkowski.16:17
Shaun Williams decides to take the corner short. A cross is delivered by Antony Kay.15:40
Francois Zoko is ruled offside. David Martin takes the free kick.14:51
Antony Kay takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.14:21
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Lewington by Francois Zoko. Darren Potter takes the direct free kick.13:25
Shaun Williams takes a shot. Neal Bishop gets a block in.12:27
Yoann Arquin is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.10:04
Jamal Campbell-Ryce takes a shot. David Martin makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge played to the near post, Francois Zoko takes a shot.6:27
Jon Otsemobor takes a shot. Jamal Campbell-Ryce gets a block in.4:36
Yoann Arquin is caught offside. Gary MacKenzie restarts play with the free kick.2:52
The ball is crossed by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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