MK Dons claim entertaining 0-0 draw with Ipswich Town

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    Milton Keynes Dons played out an entertaining 0-0 draw against Ipswich Town in front of over 15,000 spectators at Stadium MK.

    The Dons entered the match tied with second placed Wigan Athletic on points and looked to extend their unbeaten run to five games, having them planted firmly in the playoff places.

    The Dons put pressure on the visitors early on, with Theo Corbeanu getting a shot on goal within the opening three minutes of play.

    Troy Parrott was on hand to chest the ball down and into the path of the racing Canadian, who charged forward and cut into the box before letting loose - his effort narrowly going wide of Christian Walton's near post.

    The Dons forced the visitors into gifting them back-to-back corners early in the game, but the second saw Ipswich attempt a counterattack.

    Tennai Watson and Dean Lewington tracked back expertly and were able to cut out the danger, getting the ball back to Jamie Cumming in their own penalty area.

    Corbeanu and Daniel Harvie linked up well on the left flank in the opening 15 minutes, with the Scottish wing back threading neat passes through in an attempt to get chances on goal - but the Ipswich defence held firm and kept the ball away after a Josh McEachran cross.

    Goalkeeper Cumming had a nervy moment, with a ball whipped in from the right flank bouncing out of his arms after a straightforward claim inside the box. The ball dropped to the ground and fortunately the Dons keeper was able to pick it up before any lurking opponents could come close.

    Cumming redeemed his earlier moment by making a strong two-handed save to prevent Kayden Jackson from scoring, with the Ipswich man allowed to get a shot on target from inside the box after a long ball appeared to catch the Dons defence off-guard.

    McEachran ran through the centre of the pitch before offloading a pass to Corbeanu, who forced Walton into making a diving save low to his left and push the ball out for a corner.

    The Dons forced Walton into making an excellent save just moments before half-time, with Corbeanu sending a cross in from the right flank for Twine to strike it in mid-air, earning a corner after what looked to be a certain goal.

    Troy Parrott had the first real chance to get a shot towards goal in the second, with the Irish striker charging forward into the box before trying to cut a pass back towards Twine on the overlap - with his backheel effort being intercepted and killing the move.

    Shortly after the Dons received two dubious yellow cards, Ipswich saw a shot from Wes Burns flash narrowly wide of Cumming's far post, with a light deflection gifting the visitors a corner - though nothing ultimately came of the ensuing passage of play.

    The Dons were lucky as Jackson was allowed to get a shot towards goal deep inside the box after a corner from the visitors, with the Ipswich man lofting the ball over the crossbar.

    A free kick from McEachran picked out Parrott moments later, with the striker getting a shot off along the ground and forcing Walton to hold the ball firm with outstretched arms on the ground to keep the home side at bay.

    Conor Chaplin took a chancing effort from around 25-yards out with just over 15 minutes left in the match, sending Cumming diving at full stretch but never testing the goalkeeper as the shot sailed wide of the mark.

    The visitors continued to put pressure on the home side, with a header late in the half bouncing narrowly wide from a corner, and the Dons struggling to find a way to break down the defence.

    Hiram Boateng, on as a substitute, forced Walton into a superb save down low with a quick strike inside the box that almost caught the Tractor Boys' keeper off-guard. The ball bounced towards Connor Wickham, but he was unable to get control of it before a defender cleared.

    The Dons were gifted a great opportunity in the dying seconds of the game as Twine went down in an area he has had success with free kicks this season. He lofted the ball superbly over the wall and forced Walton into palming out for a corner.

    After the ensuing corner was blown dead for an Ipswich free kick, the game was brought to a close and both sides shared the spoils on a day where it could have gone either way.

    The result sees the Dons remain third in the League One standings after both Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers picked up draws of their own, while Oxford United dropped down to seventh after a 3-2 loss to Bolton Wanderers allowed Plymouth Argyle to leapfrog them in the top six.

    The Dons' next match is a long trip up to Sunderland, in a match that could help set Liam Manning's side up for the final run of the season, with both teams separated by just two points.

    MK Dons Line-Up: Cumming, Watson, O'Hora, Darling, Lewington, Harvie, McEachran (74' Boateng), Coventry, Corbeanu (62' Wickham), Twine, Parrott

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