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REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 1-1 MK DONS

Town draw with MK Dons to maintain their unbeaten record at the County Ground.

1 September 2018

Elijah Adebayo scored with virtually the last kick of the game to rescue a point for Town, who trailed for almost the whole game at home to MK Dons.

Adebayo drove home to break Dons hearts and keep the Robins’ unbeaten home record intact.

Joe Walsh opened the scoring for the visitors four minutes in from a corner before 90 minutes of quite scrappy and dogged football was played.

The visitors defended well but were ultimately undone in the last minute by the loanee's snapshot, as the home side threw everything towards getting an equaliser.  

For the third Saturday running, Town conceded early but came back to salvage something from the game.

First half:

Town started brightly but after Martin Smith drove an effort from 25 yards just over the bar, MK Dons worked their way forward, earning a corner in front of the Arkell’s Stand.

It was driven in low and met by Joe Walsh – the MK Dons defender finished emphatically leaving Vigouroux with no chance as the ball crashed into the roof of the net.

The Town reacted well to going one down and, as they have done all season, moved the ball well but it was a half of frustration as they came up against the sternest defence in the division so far.

Michael Doughty flicked a header to the near post after Jermaine McGlashan worked half a yard on the right – Dons keeper, Lee Nicholls tipped over the bar.

Paul Tisdale’s side offered little after their goal but the game became fragmented and neither side developed any sort of rhythm.

It took one long and very high punt from Martin Smith to fashion the Town’s next chance – Anderson chased the kick for territory and won the ball on the bounce and played to Doughty who was fouled just on the edge of the box.

Doughty stepped up to take but couldn’t quite get it up and down and into the net.

Just before half-time, most of the 6,62-strong crowd at the County Ground thought it was level - Marc Richards couldn't quite get enough on Keshi Anderson's cross-cum-shot. The ball flew centimetres past the post. 

Second half:

It was more of the same after the restart – Town dominated but were thwarted time and time again.

But as Phil Brown’s side threw more men forward, the game opened up as MK looked dangerous on the break.

Lawrence Vigouroux was called into action from distance several times - Dean Lewington had a free-kick tipped away. He had to be sharp to prevent Robbie Simpson from doubling the hosts lead - the Town keeper had to dive low and show the reactions that got him a Chile call-up. 

With the clock ticking, the referee took centre stage as Steven Alzate was felled inside the box – but a free-kick was given much to the dismay of the Town End who were certain that the foul occurred inside. 

Matt Taylor whipped the resulting set-piece into the side netting.

Keshi Anderson looked the most likely to break down the away defence and consistently drove at the opposition back four – after one ranging run he found Adebayo whose shot was blocked well by Dean Lewington.

That theme continued – Doughty had a shot deflected away on 67 minutes before Vigouroux was called into action. He had to react well to stop Lewington’s effort.

It was ball after ball pumped into the MK Dons box but their back four was resolute but just as it seemed as if the game was gone, Adebayo struck.

Ellis Iandolo, on as a late substitute, rose and , as he fell to the ground, managed to touch down to the young striker who made no mistake in drilling past Nicholls in the Dons’ goal.


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