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Milton Keynes Dons 0-0 Bristol City

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport at Stadium MK
Bristol City's Matt Smith (left) and Mk Dons' Kyle McFadzean battle for the ball
Bristol City's Matt Smith (left) and MK Dons' Kyle McFadzean battle for the ball

MK Dons failed to close the gap on leaders Bristol City as the promotion-chasing pair shared a goalless draw.

A point was enough to keep City top of the table, and they earned it with an organised defensive display.

Home goalkeeper David Martin had to make a sharp double save in the first half though, denying Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and then Joe Bryan.

Dele Alli almost snatched victory for the home side late on, but saw his 20-yard shot fizz wide.

Bristol City's mean defence
Steve Cotterill's side are still yet to concede a goal in League One in 2015. It is 42 days and 403 minutes of football since Cody McDonald scored for Gillingham in the Robins' 3-1 win at Priestfield in December.

MK Dons also made loud claims for a penalty in the closing stages when Samir Carruthers's shot struck Luke Ayling on the arm, but in truth the home side, with boss Karl Robinson watching from the stand as he served the final game of a touchline ban, had lacked the creativity to break down the resilient visitors, who brought 5,109 travelling fans with them to Stadium MK.

The Dons had seen plenty of the ball in a high-tempo contest, but Steve Cotterill's men looked relatively untroubled and posed their own threat at times on the break.

But with Swindon winning at home to Barnsley, Robinson's side drop down to third - and while the draw ends City's five-game winning run in the league, they maintained their two-point lead over the hosts and have a game in hand.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I think we could have won it and I think we could have had a penalty.

"Both teams defended really well and worked hard for their team-mates.

"All in all a draw was a fair result but I still think we could have nicked it today.

"There won't be many teams that come away to MK Dons and have the possession we had and the chances we had."

Bristol City fans
Bristol City took over 5,000 fans to Stadium MK - their best away following of the season

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 58mins
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 13Baker
  • 8Potter
  • 14Alli
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forCarruthersat 33'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 17PowellSubstituted forAndrewsat 72'minutes
  • 11GriggSubstituted forColeat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Green
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 21Andrews
  • 22Carruthers
  • 23Clarke-Harris
  • 28Cole

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22AylingBooked at 72mins
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 2Little
  • 8Elliott
  • 7Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 23BryanBooked at 89mins
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWilbrahamat 73'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forAgardat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Wagstaff
  • 12Saville
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19Agard
  • 21Pack
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
15,642

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Bristol City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Bristol City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

  5. Post update

    Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Booking

    Joe Bryan (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Devante Cole replaces William Grigg.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

  16. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  19. Post update

    Foul by William Grigg (MK Dons).

  20. Post update

    Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City27177350222858
2Swindon28176554272757
3MK Dons28168459253456
4Preston28148642281450
5Chesterfield2811984236642
6Oldham28101083939040
7Sheff Utd2611693230239
8Rochdale261151047351238
9Bradford2710893532338
10Peterborough28115123535038
11Fleetwood29108112829-138
12Walsall2891092929037
13Doncaster279992833-536
14Port Vale29106133642-636
15Barnsley28105133741-435
16Notts County2898113035-535
17Gillingham2998123844-635
18Scunthorpe2696113742-533
19Crewe2895142851-2332
20Coventry29710122940-1131
21Colchester2877143446-1228
22Yeovil2977152341-1828
23Crawley2969142749-2227
24Leyton Orient2768133543-826
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