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Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Walsall

Managerless MK Dons dropped into the League One relegation zone, despite Dean Bowditch's last-minute leveller salvaging a draw against Walsall.

Scott Laird's second goal of the season midway through the first half looked set to hand Jon Whitney's team all three points.

But Bowditch's seventh goal of the season ensured the spoils were shared.

The hosts were the first to go close after 12 minutes when Ben Reeves cleverly created space in the Walsall box before firing a half-volley just wide of Neil Etheridge's right-hand post.

But it was the visitors who took the lead when Josh Ginnelly's accurate cross from the right found Laird unmarked inside the MK Dons six-yard box and the 28-year-old powerfully headed home.

The Dons came out from the half-time break with purpose and struck a post through Bowditch on 52 minutes before Saddlers forward Erhun Oztumer's strike flew just wide on the hour.

But Bowditch's last-minute left-footed strike from the edge of the box flew past Walsall keeper Etheridge and into the bottom corner.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Walsall boss Jon Whitney told BBC WM: "I'm disappointed we didn't see out the win because that's what we deserved, but sometimes that's football, you don't always get your rewards.

"First half especially, I thought we controlled it. They're a really good technical team, with some really good individual players, but our recovery and shape limited their threat.

"That carried on to the second half and we created enough chances to win the game.

"Maybe we could have killed the game a little bit better but we'll look at it and learn from it."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 2Baldock
  • 16Hendry
  • 23DowningBooked at 58minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 80'minutes
  • 3Lewington
  • 6Upson
  • 7CarruthersBooked at 41minsSubstituted forMaynardat 66'minutes
  • 14Agard
  • 10Reeves
  • 49ColcloughSubstituted forTshimangaat 85'minutes
  • 9Bowditch

Substitutes

  • 11Williams
  • 12Williams
  • 17Powell
  • 19Nicholls
  • 27Tshimanga
  • 28Maynard
  • 30Thomas-Asante

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5McCarthy
  • 32Toner
  • 16PrestonBooked at 42mins
  • 3Laird
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Edwards
  • 18GinnellySubstituted forOsbourneat 84'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 44Moussa
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forBakayokoat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Dobson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Osbourne
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 22Sangha
  • 28Cockerill-Mollett
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
8,188

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 1, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Walsall 1.

Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Franck Moussa (Walsall).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) because of an injury.

Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Toner (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 1, Walsall 1. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (MK Dons).

(Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Kabongo Tshimanga replaces Ryan Colclough.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Isaiah Osbourne replaces Josh Ginnelly because of an injury.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Ryan Colclough (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George B Williams replaces Paul Downing because of an injury.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay in match Paul Downing (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Simeon Jackson.

Attempt blocked. Jack Hendry (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Ginnelly (Walsall).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Kevin Toner.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Samir Carruthers.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Josh Ginnelly.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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2Bradford1788126141232
3Bolton169432011931
4Sheff Utd158432618828
5Bristol Rovers177552627-126
6Port Vale177462225-325
7Northampton176652825324
8Millwall167362927224
9Wimbledon176652321224
10Rochdale177371922-324
11Peterborough166552619723
12Southend176562226-423
13Fleetwood176472423122
14Walsall165742122-122
15Charlton164841817120
16Bury176292529-420
17Gillingham175572430-620
18Coventry174761518-319
19Swindon175481923-419
20Oxford Utd175481822-419
21MK Dons174582126-517
22Oldham17377918-916
23Shrewsbury173591829-1114
24Chesterfield1633101624-812
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