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MK Dons 1 - Wednesday 1

Stadium:mk

31/01/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 9,776

MK Dons 1-1 Wednesday

Wednesday leapfrogged Sheffield United into third place in npower League One as the Owls took a share of the spoils from a tight encounter at MK Dons.

Two own goals settled the contest, with Wednesday stopper Stephen Bywater unfortunate in giving the hosts the lead after 17 minutes before Gary MacKenzie suffered the same fate at the other end ten minutes late as he failed to deal with a Chris Sedgwick cross.

A draw was probably the right result from what was a tight contest devoid of many chances throughout on a cold night at Stadium:mk.

Owls boss Gary Megson rung the changes from Saturday's FA Cup draw at Blackpool with Gary Madine and Chris O'Grady returning to lead the line. Jose Semedo also returned to the Owls' midfield while Miguel Llera started and new loan recruit John Bostock started on the bench.

Victory would have given either side a big boost in the quest for promotion but neither goalkeeper was tested early on - a theme that was to continue for the whole 90 minutes.

Dean Bowditch hit a long-range effort wide in the only half chance of the opening 15 minutes.

But the Dons broke the deadlock just minutes later in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Luke Chadwick struck a sweet long-range effort which crashed against the crossbar and hit the back of Bywater before crossing the line.

The visitors looked for a quick response and they enjoyed more of the ball without really carving out any clear-cut chances. Madine saw an appeal for handball inside the Dons boxed waved away by the officials before a second own goal of the match levelled things.

Winger Sedgwick was the architect as he fashioned a cross into the box and MacKenzie could only lash the ball beyond David Martin, the home goalkeeper, and into the back of the net to the delight of the travelling Wednesdayites.

Chances were at a premium with defences on top for the remainder of the half as the game remained in the balance at the interval.

Half-Time: MK Dons 1-1 Wednesday

In such a close game the next goal was always going to be vital and it was Wednesday who started the brighter after the interval.

Unlike the first 45 minutes, Wednesday quickly created some good chances in front of Martin's goal. The towering Reda Johnson twice came close with headers while David Prutton sent an effort wide as the visitors looked to take the lead for the first time in the match.

The goal didn't come, however, and Megson brought on new-boy Bostock in place of Sedgwick to try and add some more creativity in the final third. The Dons had already introduced their own new signing in the former of Alan Smith shortly after the break.

Jermaine Johnson followed Bostock on to the pitch not long after, in place of Madine, and the Jamaican tried his best to open up the home defence, firing one effort wide, but the game looked destined for a draw.

At the other end, Bywater was a spectator and although the Dons enjoyed their fair share of possession they didn't really threaten in the final third.

Full-Time: MK Dons 1-1 Wednesday

MK Dons: Martin, Lewington, MacKenzie, Gleeson, Bowditch, MacDonald (Ibehre 62), Chicksen (Smith 51), Williams, Flanagan, O'Shea (Powell 80), Chadwick. Unused substitutes: McLoughlin, Baldock.

Wednesday: Bywater, Otsemobor, Batth, Llera, R Johnson, Buxton, Sedgwick (Bostock 61), Prutton, Semedo, Madine (J Johnson 62), O'Grady (Morrison 83). Unused substitutes: Weaver, Lines.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 31 2012

Time: 10:41PM

Your Comments

take a point lady luck really is'nt with us at the minute numerours penalty appeals turned down over the last couple of games a own goal but am sure we will get a break at some point
retfordowl1867
Cannot grumble as they are not in the playoffs for the fun of it.Hard place to come and get a result.Still the blunts to follow soon and three points there keeps us on track against Yovil.
garrymo
What with blinkered refereeing and a touch line scuffle two freak goals, this was not a match for the football conesieur in fact possibly the worst match i have EVER seen. Understanding Megson's team selection left most of us at Stadium MK bewildered. If we are to get promotion we need to be far far better than this. Thankfully MK were poor if not poorer than us . I feel that the 4500 travelling fans deserve more. It's like watching Bolton Wanderers. Wonder why? ? ? ? ?
Kettering OWL 1963
We need to make our own luck, it's not gifted to us on a plate. We again didn't take our chances in front of goal and thus yet another draw. Now if I'm honest, a draw at MK Stadia is not a terrible result, it's just not a good result. We need desperately to start converting chances in to goals and get that winning form back. The confidence is there but without results this will dwindle. Why Lowe isn't starting more games, I don't know? He was absolutly flying at the start of the season, but can't get a start?!? Why do we bring in prolific strikers and let them rot on the bench? Heff and Lowe just as resent examples? Play COG on the wing and have GM and RL up front (that's GM, Gary Madine, not Megson...) it's going to be an exciting end to the season, I just wish we could pick up these scrappy points like Charlton and make sure of automatics. COME ON YOU BLUE aND WHITE WIZARRRDDDSSSSS. UTO WTID.
Owlsmad
I have every confidence in our manager's ability, in our players' abilities, and that we can be promoted at the end of this season. But... at the end of the day, promotion doesn't go to those teams who gave a heck of a fight and lost or drew... it goes to those who give a heck of a fight and win, and win, and win. Let's do it Wednesday! WTID
Colorado Owl
The next month is key. I really think we could take maximum points in the league. Hopefully without 2 games a week and the christmas period behind us we should be able to get a fully fit squad. Playing a RB on the LW is a pretty disappointing decision in such a game but maybe he was thinking about match fitness. Really need to be positive and start taking it to teams now we have the squad. I agree with Owlsmad I would like to see more of Lowe he looks like our sharpest striker. UTO
Devon_Owl
Were still on target for MEGGOS 2 points per game for automatic promotion although the way its going we might need an additional 5 points in my opinion. I am suprised no one moved out of S6 last night but it was no shock that the GRUNTERS signed HOG SKINS
andymac-scoresagoal
I see our supposed super signing in the loan window has just 'hobbled off' AGAIN for Swansea reserves Vs Arsenal reserves!! Ferrie Bodde won't be happing now then i guess!!
WestmacottOwl
And after only 2 minutes none the less!! UTO!
WestmacottOwl
Seen robinsons post match interview, the blokes a turd!! Their goal was so flukey and didn't see anything wrong with our goal!
sussexowl
 

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