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Report - MK Dons 0-0 Coventry

MK Dons
0 - 0
Coventry City

Stadium:mk

23/08/14; 3pm

Attendance: 10,600

Referee:

The Dons gain a point from their tight encounter with Coventry City, but will see it more as two points lost than one gained as they dominated for large parts of the game.

There were three changes for the Dons as Ian McLoughlin, George Baldock and Will Grigg replaced David Martin (hip), Lee Hodson (ankle) and Benik Afobe, who dropped to the bench.

For a game ultimately goal-less the first half was end-to-end and exciting, the first notable Dons chance when Dean Bowditch collected Baldock's pass, drove at the Coventry defence, beating a man with ease in the process, before seeing his effort blocked - Reeves volleyed the rebound down Allsop's throat from 20 yards
Just after the half hour mark an audacious back heel from Dele Alli set Reeves through on goal, but the Sky Blues keeper was off the mark quickly to smother the shot.

Coventry were a continued threat to the Don's goal throughout the half, McLoughlin being forced into relatively comfortable saves from McQuoid and Fleck.

Following an initial energetic start from Coventry to the second half was quiet until the 58th minute when McLoughlin's feet denied McQuoid's downward header with a superb save, the reserve keeper coming in for the injured David Martin and reminding fans of his ability.

Grigg had been quiet for the most of the second period but he went close to scoring on 62 minutes when he collected a looping over the top ball, only for his touch to roll the wrong side of the post, pursued to safety by the Coventry defenders.

But the Dons best chance for a winner came on 69 minutes when Grigg manoeuvred his way through the challenging Coventry centre-back to play in Powell, who turned and scoped his shot over the bar when only a firm, calm shot into the bottom left hand corner was needed.

13 minutes before the end Baldock managed to pick out Reeves with a pin-point cross, but the midfielder's header flew just over the Coventry crossbar.

The remaining moments of the game were quieter with three of the Dons attacking four now replaced and less effective, the best chance coming to the away side when McLoughlin managed to turn Simeon Jackson's 20-yard effort round the post.

After four minutes of additional time in a tense game, the Dons came away with now seven points on the board after four games, now able to fully look forward to their Cup fixture against Manchester United on Tuesday.

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Writer:Alex Hewitt
Date:Sunday August 24 2014
Time: 10:22AM

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