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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.

"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."


MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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


  • 8Spearing
  • 19Heskey
  • 23Dobbie
  • 27Twardzik
  • 34Fitzsimons
  • 42Walker
  • 45Holding
Stuart Attwell

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Walker replaces Josh Vela.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Matt Upson replaces Dean Bowditch.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

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