By Alfie Marlborough
The Dons mounted a late comeback to rescue a point at StadiumMK against fellow league one strugglers Burton Albion. Here are all the key talking points from Saturday’s encounter with the Brewers.
The Dons began the game looking lively and tried to force their way through several times in the opening stages. Just minutes in, the Dons had three consecutive corners. The Brewers’ defence looked comfortable and cleared the first two efforts away from danger. The third and final corner was played out to Devoy by McEachran on the edge of the area but his resulting effort on goal lacked power and was claimed by the Albion goalkeeper.
Fifteen Minutes in and Cumming was forced into a diving save to prevent Bobby Kamwa’s cross-cum-shot from heading goalwards. The number one parried the ball behind for a corner which fell to the feet of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson who’s effort did not threaten the Dons defence.
Coming up to the half-hour mark and the visitors took the lead from the spot after a clumsy challenge by Josh McEachran who conceded his second penalty in as many games. Question marks were raised over the amount of contact that was made between hte Midfielder and Corrie Ndaba but either way it was a silly thing to do inside the area. Adeboyejo stepped up and perfectly placed his shot to Cumming’s right to give Burton the lead.
In the final third of the first half, the Dons looked like the side we have been so used to seeing this season and were hesitant to bring the ball forward or try and create chances. Nathan Holland looked lively on the left hand side but the lack of energy across the field made it near impossible to try and get back into the game.
HALF-TIME: MKD 0-1 BUR
The Dons came out of the second-half lively but lacked in the final-third. Louie Barry received the ball plenty of times on the right with Tennai Watson and himself linking up on several occasions to try and create chances for the Dons.
Referee Lee Swabey will be a very unpopular figure in Milton Keynes after putting on a horror show. Albion midfielder Oyango took Holland out in the middle of the park and rightfully was booked. Just a minute later and Oyango was late on Devoy and took him out aswell. The referee decided against showing a second-yellow card to the midfielder much to the Dons’ displeasure. Oyango was unsurprisingly subbed off straight afterwards.
The decision energised stadium MK and the Dons looked to use their anger as fuel to get back into the game.
Bradley Johnson came into the fray with ten minutes to find an equaliser or possibly more in the dying embers. That he did. The corner by Louie Barry was played short to Dawson Devoy who’s teasing cross reached Bradley Johnson who headed past Garratt to level the game.
The Dons kept piling on the pressure in the closing stages utulizing the energy and technical abilities that Barry possesses who tried several times to put the ball in the area to try and get that deciding goal but it was not to be and both sides left with the point shared.
FULL-TIME: MKD 1-1 BUR
By Alfie Marlborough