League One
Bolton1MK Dons1

Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Mark Howard's brilliant second-half penalty save preserved a point against MK Dons and kept Bolton top of the League One table.

The former Sheffield United goalkeeper pushed Kieran Agard's spot-kick onto the crossbar moments after the Dons had brought themselves level through Ryan Colclough.

Phil Parkinson's side took a seventh-minute lead when Jay Spearing's corner was headed back at the far post by Jamie Proctor and Mark Beevers swept home from close range.

Wanderers dominated the half and should have doubled their advantage when David Wheater headed over from close range.

Agard missed a chance to open his account for the season when he failed to get a touch on Dean Bowditch's low cross, but the Dons were level nine minutes after the restart when Colclough slotted home at the second attempt following a save from Howard.

Agard then won a penalty after being pulled down by Lewis Buxton, only to be frustrated by a magnificent stop from Howard.

Almost immediately Bolton had a good claim for a penalty of their own turned down when Proctor appeared to be fouled in mid-air by Joe Walsh.

The home side turned the screw and Newcastle loanee Sammy Ameobi had two late efforts kept out of the net by some excellent goalkeeping by David Martin and some frantic defending.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 33Howard
  • 2BuxtonBooked at 64mins
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 20A Taylor
  • 8SpearingBooked at 64mins
  • 6VelaSubstituted forThorpeat 87'minutes
  • 17TrotterBooked at 75mins
  • 24HenrySubstituted forTaylorat 87'minutes
  • 9Proctor
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forAmeobiat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Moxey
  • 7Taylor
  • 13Alnwick
  • 15Derik
  • 22Ameobi
  • 23Wilson
  • 32Thorpe

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 2Baldock
  • 4WalshBooked at 77mins
  • 23Downing
  • 3LewingtonBooked at 17mins
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forPowellat 86'minutes
  • 6UpsonBooked at 61minsSubstituted forCarruthersat 73'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8Potter
  • 49ColcloughSubstituted forMaynardat 90'minutes
  • 9Bowditch
  • 14Agard

Substitutes

  • 7Carruthers
  • 11Williams
  • 12Williams
  • 17Powell
  • 19Nicholls
  • 27Tshimanga
  • 28Maynard
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
12,727

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Samir Carruthers.

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Ryan Colclough.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Taylor replaces James Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Thorpe replaces Josh Vela.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Ben Reeves.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Liam Trotter.

Attempt blocked. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Booking

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

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Darren Potter.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Samir Carruthers.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Darren Potter.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Booking

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Samir Carruthers replaces Ed Upson.

Attempt blocked. Ed Upson (MK Dons) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Foul by James Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Attempt missed. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Agard (MK Dons).

Penalty saved! Kieran Agard (MK Dons) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lewis Buxton (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Lewis Buxton (Bolton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty MK Dons. Kieran Agard draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sammy Ameobi replaces Keshi Anderson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bolton7430106415
2Scunthorpe64111771013
3Bradford734095413
4Fleetwood7331127512
5Millwall73311311212
6Peterborough73221510511
7Bury7322128411
8Northampton725085311
9Port Vale732298111
10Gillingham73221113-211
11Oxford Utd731388010
12Sheff Utd7313911-210
13Charlton62319729
14Chesterfield72239908
15MK Dons7223810-28
16Swindon622268-28
17Oldham714247-37
18Shrewsbury7214812-47
19Bristol Rovers512279-25
20Walsall6123710-35
21Wimbledon7124812-45
22Southend7124613-75
23Coventry704338-54
24Rochdale7034610-43
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