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MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons0PrestonPreston North End0

MK Dons 0-0 Preston North End

Daniel Powell spurned two clear opportunities as MK Dons were held to a goalless draw with Preston.

Ben Reeves set Powell up early, but Lilywhites goalkeeper Declan Rudd was equal to the winger's timid shot.

Preston's Joe Garner had a header saved before the break and Keith Keane hit the post for the visitors after meeting a Scott Laird cross in the second half.

While Powell did well to beat Rudd to a long ball forward, Jack King managed to head his effort off the goalline.

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I though we had the best two chances. Powell's in the first half was gilt-edged, a really poor finish and then second half, he took his chance really early and he could have brought it closer to the goal.

"To lose Samir [Carruthers] so soon with a knee problem and then lose Lee Hodson at half-time was a big blow.

"We're a skeleton squad. I have nothing left at the club, so I'm really proud of the players, I really am. I can't ask for any more.

"We just had to try and pull something out of the bag with the players that I had available.

"It was a really hard-fought point and I'm proud of them."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I can't fault the players for their effort, how hard they worked and how disciplined they were.

"It was just that when we got into that final 25 yards, we didn't have the composure, the quality or the end product to break them down.

"It's been a slight problem we've had. We've created a lot of chances over the past few weeks in games and we've not managed to finish teams off when we've had opportunities."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 5HodsonSubstituted forSmithat 46'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Lewington
  • 7Gleeson
  • 24Kay
  • 23Spence
  • 17Powell
  • 14Alli
  • 13McLeodBooked at 90mins
  • 12Reeves
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forBaldockat 13'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Chadwick
  • 11Smith
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 20Rasulo
  • 21Hall
  • 25Hickford

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 32WisemanSubstituted forHumphreyat 57'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 37KilkennyBooked at 90mins
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 90mins
  • 6Wright
  • 2KeaneSubstituted forBrownhillat 74'minutes
  • 19Welsh
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forBeavonat 74'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 22King

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 7Humphrey
  • 10Beavon
  • 12Gallagher
  • 16Buchanan
  • 27Hume
  • 30Brownhill
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
7,279

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  5. Booking

    Izale McLeod (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

  8. Booking

    Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Booking

    Tom Clarke (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Alan Smith (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  14. Post update

    Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Stuart Beavon replaces Kevin Davies.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Keith Keane.

  20. Post update

    Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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