The BOBcat Digital Match Report Bolton MK Dons

By The MKDSA Media Team

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Heavy defeat in Lancashire with some utterly disgraceful defending in the first half and right at the end saw us ship five for the first time this season.

The Dons started brightly and Leko looked to have sprung the offside trap in the third minute, but he was given offside. Straight away Bolton pushed forward and had their first shot that blazed over Cumming and into the Dons supporters behind the goal.

Lawrence was caught in no-mans land on six minutes and Cummings got down to his right to concede a corner. From the corner the Bolton captain Santos rose unchallenged and headed into the far corner. 1-0

Cumming made another spritely save at his near post as the Bolton right-wing back got round the Dons back four.

The Dons serged forward and a lovely ball by Maghoma put on a plate but Eisa failed to beat Trafford in the Bolton goal when he really should and could levelled the game on thirteen minutes.

Bolton weren’t having it all their own way as Leko found himself in the box but surrounded by white shirts, the ball stuck under his feet and was cleared.

Tucker made a last ditch tackle to save Harvies blushes as he was robbed on the half way line having broken up a Bolton attack.

Bolton doubled their lead on twenty minutes as Lawrence and Tucker got themselves in a mess and Tuckers back pass was so far wide of Cumming it was ridiculous. Mbete this time with another free header from a corner on the right. 2-0

On twenty-six minutes the Dons wasted a golden chance to close the deficit as Bolton overplayed it and the back but Kaikai wasted it, Bolton then went straight down the other end and punished us by making it 3-0. Tucker and Lawrence failed to close down and let the ball across to be drilled home.

The Dons came straight at Bolton but yet again the final ball this time from Harvie was poor and only found a white shirt.

Eisa got into the box won a header but with three defenders and the keeper between him and the goal it was smothered, seemingly Eisa thought an arm was used but the ref waved him away.

The Dons won two corners in quick succession five minutes before half time both times speaking to Bolton players for handbags, the Dons failed to capitalise on the chances.

Harvie wasted another good chance with a heavy cross that only troubled the corner flag. Winning it straight back off Bolton Harvie delayed the through ball, although a beautiful ball when played, to the now offside Kaikai, and his superb finish was for nothing.

HT 3-0

The second half started with Watson replacing Kaikai as the Dons changed formation.

Almost instantly the Dons were down the Bolton right as Lawrence pushed forward the ball given to Leko who danced around drawing defenders to him, he released it to Devoy who couldn’t keep his shot down.

The Dons were seeing more of the ball in the early stages of the half the passing was slicker and quicker but the final ball to Eisa on the edge of the box was poor and the move broke down.

The Dons were having more ball and looking more fluid and a sweet ball in from Watson almost found Eisa at the far post on fifty one minutes.

Bolton were working hard now to stop the Dons gathering a head of steam. Eisa was put through on fifty-five minutes but the hulking great Bolton captain just eased him into a heap on the edge of the box and walked off with the ball.

Twice inside a minute with the Dons sitting deep the ball was pulled square the first shot got nowhere but the second required Cumming into action preventing a fourth goal. From the corner he stopped another certain goal to his left.

The Dons almost pulled a goal back on fifty-nine minutes as Leko almost beat Trafford at his far post but the keeper got his finger-tips to it.

The Dons had Cumming to thank again immediately as he saved from point-blank range again, but from the corner he could do nothing as the ball was lashed past him in a very crowded six yard box on sixty-two minutes. 4-0

Grigg came on to a chorus of Bolton boos as Eisa’s night was done on sixty-seven minutes.

Jules almost got a sight on goal after a run forward and a one two with Leko but before he could pull the trigger it was hacked our for a corner. Jules rose to the cross but his header drifted wide.

Double sub for the Dons on seventy-seven minutes Maghoma and McEachran off for Smith and Johnson.

The game entered its final ten minutes and the two sides were trading attacks and then counter attacking in turn at will without any serious threats.

The final change by the Dons saw the return of Nathan Holland from injury at the expense of Dawson Devoy on eighty-five minutes.

The game was fizzling out as Bolton took their foot off the gas and the ref put the Dons out of their misery after three minutes of added time. Unfortunately another piece of calamity defending by Lawrence saw Bolton get a fifth goal on ninety plus two, there wasn’t enough time to do more than kick off again. 5-0

All in all it was poor defending in the first 30 minutes that saw the Dons downfall tonight, Cumming was not at fault for a single one, in reality, he stopped four gilt-edged Bolton chances and kept the score down.

Only second placed Sheffield Wednesday to go to on Saturday…see you there.

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