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Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Daniel Powell
Daniel Powell scored 10 goals last season for MK Dons

Bolton's wait for their first win of the season continued as substitute Daniel Powell gave MK Dons victory.

Wanderers forward Zach Clough's well-struck half-volley was pushed wide in the best chance of the first half.

After Dorian Dervite and Gary Madine wasted openings for the visitors, Powell slotted home after an excellent ball by Samir Carruthers.

Neil Lennon's side pressed but Clough and former England striker Emile Heskey both had efforts well saved.

Trotters draw a blank - again
Bolton have not scored for six games in a row - the last time they did that was 1898.

Bolton have not won for nine games in a run that stretches from last season, and remain the only side yet to score in the Championship this season.

The Dons, who were promoted from League One last season, have won two of their opening three matches in their first season in the second tier.

Having failed to score in their opening three games, Bolton started brightly and full-back Dean Moxey, Dervite and Madine all went close.

The hosts improved after half-time and, after Ben Amos saved well from Carruthers's curling effort, midfielder Powell's goal secured the win.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson:

"We started okay and we didn't concede many chances but territorially they had a lot of the play with set pieces and corners and they got into our box a lot.

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Robinson on MK Dons v Bolton

"I said to them at half-time that they've got to believe in themselves because we looked like we don't belong here and they were wondering 'are we meant to be here?'

"I told them we've earned the right to be here, they've earned the right to come up against some wonderfully gifted players and they've earned the right to show everyone how talented they are.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

"It's been the story of our season so far - we're playing well and I feel that's a game that got away from us because we were in control for long periods and we've missed big chances.

"It's frustrating and disappointing but it's encouraging because to a degree we're playing really well but we need someone who putts, to use a golf analogy.

"We look a decent side but we're just lacking that composure in front of goal whether it be the finish or whether it's the final pass and that's the most important facet of the game."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 14CarruthersBooked at 42mins
  • 8PotterBooked at 90mins
  • 7Baker
  • 23BenaventeSubstituted forPowellat 56'minutes
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forUpsonat 82'minutes
  • 11ChurchSubstituted forGallagherat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 4Upson
  • 13Gallagher
  • 17Powell
  • 18Aguza
  • 21Jennings
  • 22Cropper

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 25WilsonBooked at 75mins
  • 4Dervite
  • 2Gouano
  • 3MoxeySubstituted forDobbieat 80'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 6VelaBooked at 39minsSubstituted forWalkerat 90+1'minutes
  • 16Davies
  • 18Danns
  • 10Clough
  • 14Madine
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forHeskeyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Spearing
  • 19Heskey
  • 23Dobbie
  • 27Twardzik
  • 34Fitzsimons
  • 42Walker
  • 45Holding
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
10,765

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away13
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sam Gallagher following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson.

Booking

Darren Potter (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Walker replaces Josh Vela.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Carl Baker (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Booking

Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey tries a through ball, but Stephen Dobbie is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Matt Upson replaces Dean Bowditch.

Offside, MK Dons. Samir Carruthers tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie replaces Dean Moxey because of an injury.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lawrie Wilson tries a through ball, but Emile Heskey is caught offside.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Dean Bowditch.

Carl Baker (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Lawrie Wilson (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dean Moxey with a cross.

Offside, MK Dons. Sam Gallagher tries a through ball, but Jordan Spence is caught offside.

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

Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey replaces Liam Feeney.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Sam Gallagher replaces Simon Church.

Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Madine following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich32106337
2Brighton32104227
3MK Dons32015236
4Middlesbrough31204135
5Charlton31203125
6Preston31201015
7Brentford21106424
8Hull21103124
9Birmingham21104314
10Wolves21103214
11Nottm Forest31112204
12Sheff Wed21013213
13Cardiff30304403
14Derby30302203
15Leeds20201102
16Blackburn302134-12
17Burnley302135-22
18Huddersfield302124-22
19Fulham201123-11
20Reading201112-11
21QPR201124-21
22Rotherham301226-41
23Bolton301204-41
24Bristol City200226-40
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