Matty Taylor’s second-half hat-trick earned Bristol Rovers a late draw at MK Dons in a six-goal thriller.
Now without a win in 12 league matches on home soil – a run that dates back to March – the Dons twice held a two-goal lead before Taylor rescued an unlikely point for Rovers.
Dean Bowditch opened the scoring for the hosts after 16 minutes from close range when goalkeeper Kelle Roos spilt a 20-yard strike from Ben Reeves.
Lively winger Ryan Colclough thundered a shot against the crossbar before defender George Williams nodded his first Dons goal via a post in the 24th minute.
Bowditch headed inches wide on the half hour as the hosts went close to making it 3-0.
Taylor threw Rovers a lifeline just 66 seconds after the break with a superb right-foot strike from 20 yards.
Dons’ nerves eased again when Reeves cut inside in the 66th minute to restore the two-goal gap.
Rovers’ more physical second-half approach left Dons boss Karl Robinson livid on the touchline and his back line finally cracked as Taylor pounced twice from close range in the 87th and 89th minutes.
Reports supplied by the Press Association.