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Milton Keynes Dons 0-0 Colchester United

Sam Walker

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.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: MK Dons boss Robinson

"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:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"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."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 5HodsonSubstituted forBaldockat 74'minutes
  • 3Lewington
  • 7GleesonBooked at 90mins
  • 23SpenceBooked at 66mins
  • 6Williams
  • 22CarruthersBooked at 76minsSubstituted forPowellat 80'minutes
  • 8PotterBooked at 43mins
  • 15Bamford
  • 12Reeves
  • 26JenningsSubstituted forAlliat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 11Smith
  • 14Alli
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 17Powell
  • 18Baldock
  • 24Kay

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B WilsonBooked at 70mins
  • 27Garbutt
  • 2Wright
  • 4OkuonghaeSubstituted forMorrisonat 90+3'minutes
  • 18Eastman
  • 15BeanBooked at 90mins
  • 6EastmondSubstituted forGilbeyat 80'minutes
  • 17Ibehre
  • 7WattSubstituted forVoseat 66'minutes
  • 3Dickson

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 9Morrison
  • 11Sears
  • 16Turgott
  • 22Gilbey
  • 23Olufemi
  • 25Vose
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
7,879

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home29
Away3
Shots on Target
Home14
Away2
Corners
Home16
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 0, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Magnus Okuonghae.

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

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

Booking

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

Booking

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

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

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

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Walker.

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

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

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

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Walker.

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

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

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Samir Carruthers.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Alex Gilbey replaces Craig Eastmond.

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Lee Hodson.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

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

Booking

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford24164442231952
2Wolves24147339182149
3Leyton Orient23146348232548
4Preston24138335241147
5Peterborough2412393630639
6Rotherham2410863832638
7Walsall2410772722537
8Port Vale24113103637-136
9Swindon2310494031934
10Coventry24126652421032
11MK Dons239593632432
12Bradford2471073529631
13Crawley237882530-529
14Colchester2461082832-428
15Carlisle2476112639-1327
16Shrewsbury2468102427-326
17Gillingham2475123242-1026
18Sheff Utd2467112331-825
19Oldham2366112632-624
20Tranmere2466122844-1624
21Crewe2466122247-2524
22Bristol City2341093336-322
23Notts County2563163038-821
24Stevenage2354142242-2019
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