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Milton Keynes Dons 3-3 Bristol Rovers

Matty Taylor's second-half hat-trick earned Bristol Rovers a late draw at MK Dons in a six-goal thriller.

Now without a win in 12 league matches on home soil - a run that dates back to March - the Dons twice held a two-goal lead before Taylor rescued an unlikely point for Rovers.

Dean Bowditch opened the scoring for the hosts after 16 minutes from close range when goalkeeper Kelle Roos spilt a 20-yard strike from Ben Reeves.

Lively winger Ryan Colclough thundered a shot against the crossbar before defender George Williams nodded his first Dons goal via a post in the 24th minute.

Bowditch headed inches wide on the half hour as the hosts went close to making it 3-0.

Taylor threw Rovers a lifeline just 66 seconds after the break with a superb right-foot strike from 20 yards.

Dons' nerves eased again when Reeves cut inside in the 66th minute to restore the two-goal gap.

Rovers' more physical second-half approach left Dons boss Karl Robinson livid on the touchline and his back line finally cracked as Taylor pounced twice from close range in the 87th and 89th minutes.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Williams
  • 23Downing
  • 16Hendry
  • 3LewingtonBooked at 73mins
  • 6UpsonBooked at 71mins
  • 7Carruthers
  • 14Agard
  • 10Reeves
  • 49ColcloughSubstituted forPowellat 60'minutes
  • 9BowditchBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMaynardat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Williams
  • 17Powell
  • 19Nicholls
  • 24Tilney
  • 27Tshimanga
  • 28Maynard
  • 30Thomas-Asante

Bristol Rovers

  • 33Roos
  • 31RobertsBooked at 89mins
  • 4Lockyer
  • 36Clarke-Salter
  • 3Brown
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMontañoat 65'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 9HarrisonBooked at 57minsSubstituted forGaffneyat 75'minutes
  • 23BodinSubstituted forColkettat 45'minutes
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 15J Clarke
  • 21Montaño
  • 22Moore
  • 29James
  • 30Gaffney
  • 35Colkett
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
8,366

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 3, Bristol Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Bristol Rovers 3.

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Ed Upson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ed Upson.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Bristol Rovers 3. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by David Martin.

Hand ball by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Bristol Rovers 2. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Clarke-Salter.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by George B Williams.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Dean Bowditch.

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

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison.

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

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Ed Upson (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ed Upson (MK Dons).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Hendry (MK Dons).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Ollie Clarke.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

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

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Ryan Colclough.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe1484229151428
2Bradford14671169725
3Bolton147431510525
4Sheff Utd137332114724
5Rochdale146351816221
6Port Vale146351719-221
7Peterborough145542417720
8Bury146262220220
9Wimbledon145542018220
10Bristol Rovers135532120120
11Fleetwood135441916319
12Northampton144642019118
13Oxford Utd145361516-118
14Walsall134541720-317
15Charlton133731613316
16MK Dons144461920-116
17Swindon144461517-216
18Gillingham144462026-616
19Southend144461424-1016
20Millwall134362125-415
21Oldham14365915-615
22Chesterfield133371618-212
23Coventry132651016-612
24Shrewsbury142481324-1110
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