Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons

12 Sep

Mark Howard’s brilliant second-half penalty save preserved a point against MK Dons and kept Bolton top of the League One table.


The former Sheffield United goalkeeper pushed Kieran Agard’s spot-kick onto the crossbar moments after the Dons had brought themselves level through Ryan Colclough.

Phil Parkinson’s side took a seventh-minute lead when Jay Spearing’s corner was headed back at the far post by Jamie Proctor and Mark Beevers swept home from close range.

Wanderers dominated the half and should have doubled their advantage when David Wheater headed over from close range.

Agard missed a chance to open his account for the season when he failed to get a touch on Dean Bowditch’s low cross, but the Dons were level nine minutes after the restart when Colclough slotted home at the second attempt following a save from Howard.

Agard then won a penalty after being pulled down by Lewis Buxton, only to be frustrated by a magnificent stop from Howard.

Almost immediately Bolton had a good claim for a penalty of their own turned down when Proctor appeared to be fouled in mid-air by Joe Walsh.

The home side turned the screw and Newcastle loanee Sammy Ameobi had two late efforts kept out of the net by some excellent goalkeeping by David Martin and some frantic defending.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, MK Dons 1.

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, MK Dons 1.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Samir Carruthers.

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Ryan Colclough.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Taylor replaces James Henry.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Thorpe replaces Josh Vela.

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Ben Reeves.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Liam Trotter.

Attempt blocked. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

Ryan Colclough (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Darren Potter.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Samir Carruthers.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Darren Potter.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, MK Dons. Samir Carruthers replaces Ed Upson.

Attempt blocked. Ed Upson (MK Dons) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Foul by James Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

Ryan Colclough (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Agard (MK Dons).

Penalty saved! Kieran Agard (MK Dons) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Lewis Buxton (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Lewis Buxton (Bolton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty MK Dons. Kieran Agard draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sammy Ameobi replaces Keshi Anderson.

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