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Preston North End 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Preston's Jermaine Beckford celebrates his goal against MK Dons
Jermaine Beckford marked his first start of the season with a goal against MK Dons

MK Dons' hopes of Championship survival appear increasingly remote despite ending a four-game losing run in a dramatic draw with Preston at Deepdale.

Jermaine Beckford lifted the ball over Cody Cropper to put Preston ahead before Eoin Doyle's header was cleared off the line by MK Dons' Darren Potter.

After Nicky Maynard levelled, keeper Cropper was sent off for fouling Doyle.

Striker and makeshift keeper Alex Revell saved Joe Garner's penalty and both sides went close to a late winner.

A point leaves MK Dons nine points adrift of safety with four games remaining.

Beckford, making his first start since returning from knee surgery, netted his first goal since scoring a hat-trick in last May's League One play-off at Wembley to help Preston win promotion.

The hosts looked increasingly menacing as the first half continued, Greg Cunningham testing Cropper and Doyle going close after Maynard called Preston keeper Andres Lindegaard into action at his near post.

Karl Robinson's Dons came out brightly after the interval and levelled when Maynard turned in Josh Murphy's cross at the far post.

Doyle and Maynard had chances in quick succession, while a fine save from Lindegaard denied Kyle McFadzean.

Cropper's challenge on Doyle, however, gave Preston their best chance to win the game, only for Revell to take the gloves and keep Garner out.

Despite needing treatment after the save, Revell remained solid under pressure late on.

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson:

"It's probably the angriest I've been after a game for a long time. I'm not accepting that second half performance from certain individuals. I do not want this season to peter out.

"The penalty miss probably summed up the second half performance. I had a feeling that Joe was going to go and miss it. Some of our players have to look at themselves in the mirror. They've had a lot of praise this season and rightly so.

"There's few occasions where I've had to have a go at the players. But they have to look at themselves to see what they can do just to be in the team. They are still playing for places next year."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson:

"I think we have to appeal the red card because what do you lose? We still believe that we can turn this around and it would be phenomenal. I'm a believer.

"Whilst you have belief you still have hope, but you don't have any hope without belief and we need to keep believing in some way. And if we don't achieve it then we put some pride back in the shirt.

"These kids are honest kids and they deserve some luck. I don't know where I get it from but I believe in them as people. We just got to keep going. We go again, off to Hillsborough and our backs are certainly against the wall."

Alex Revell takes off his gloves after filling in as MK Dons keeper
Alex Revell took over in goal for MK Dons after Cody Cropper was sent off in the 81st minute

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 2Vermijl
  • 6WrightBooked at 66mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Cunningham
  • 4PearsonSubstituted forBrowneat 72'minutes
  • 32ReachSubstituted forRobinsonat 79'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forGarnerat 66'minutes
  • 13Doyle

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 14Garner
  • 16Browne
  • 19Welsh
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson
  • 43Kirkland

MK Dons

  • 22CropperBooked at 81mins
  • 12SpenceSubstituted forBakerat 77'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 16Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 44Forster-CaskeySubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 9Bowditch
  • 14CarruthersBooked at 48mins
  • 31Murphy
  • 28MaynardSubstituted forRevellat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Kay
  • 7Baker
  • 17Powell
  • 18Revell
  • 23Williams
  • 29Burns
  • 40Long
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
10,457

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, MK Dons 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, MK Dons 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Greg Cunningham with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Potter.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Alex Revell (MK Dons) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) with an attempt from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Browne.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Alex Revell (MK Dons) because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Alex Revell.

  13. Post update

    Penalty saved! Joe Garner (Preston North End) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top right corner.

  14. Dismissal

    Cody Cropper (MK Dons) is shown the red card.

  15. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Cody Cropper (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Penalty Preston North End. Eoin Doyle draws a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Adam Reach.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

  20. Post update

    Adam Reach (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough42267959273285
2Burnley422314566343283
3Brighton422215563392481
4Hull4121101058302873
5Derby422013961382373
6Sheff Wed421815961421969
7Cardiff421616105244864
8Ipswich421613134848061
9Birmingham421611154743459
10Preston421415134040057
11QPR421317125248456
12Leeds421315144452-854
13Brentford41158185862-453
14Wolves421314154954-553
15Reading421312174851-351
16Huddersfield421310195659-349
17Bristol City421212184665-1948
18Blackburn421114173942-347
19Nottm Forest421114173643-747
20Fulham421114176372-947
21Rotherham42138215164-1347
22MK Dons42911223560-2538
23Charlton42812223773-3636
24Bolton42414243978-3926
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