Rochdale 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons

20 Aug

Scott Wootton’s 94th-minute header earned MK Dons a 1-0 victory at Rochdale.


The game appeared to be heading for a goalless conclusion when Conrad Logan kept out Ben Reeves’ 76th-minute spot-kick after the Dons substitute had been brought down by Jim McNulty.

But a free-kick from the left deep into time added on from Ed Upson picked out Wootton at the back post and he headed the ball into the top corner of the net.

Logan had earlier denied Nicky Maynard while Dale defender Niall Canavan made a superb block to deny Reeves.

Those chances aside, it was all Rochdale and for all Logan’s heroics, Dave Martin in the Dons goal was equally impressive in keeping the home side out.

Martin denied midfielder Matt Lund in the first half and frustrated Donal McDermott with a one-handed save before his best block of the afternoon in the last 10 minutes of the game, a fine stop to divert Ian Henderson’s header from point-blank range.

Logan maintained the excellent display of goalkeeping when he kept out Daniel Powell and Kabongo Tshimanga in quick succession while at the other end Calvin Andrew slid a shot wide from close range after a teasing centre from Steven Davies before Wootton settled it in the dying seconds.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

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Match ends, Rochdale 0, MK Dons 1.

Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, MK Dons 1.

Goal! Rochdale 0, MK Dons 1. Scott Wootton (MK Dons) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ed Upson with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

George B Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Donal McDermott (Rochdale).

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Wootton (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution, MK Dons. Kabongo Tshimanga replaces Nicky Maynard.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by George Baldock.

Attempt saved. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by David Martin.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ed Upson.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

Substitution, Rochdale. Steve Davies replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty MK Dons. Ben Reeves draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Donal McDermott (Rochdale) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Reeves replaces Dean Bowditch.

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Rochdale. Donal McDermott replaces Joe Thompson.

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Bowditch (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Joe Thompson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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