REPORT: Charlton 0-0 MK Dons - Stalemate at The Valley

Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh

MK Dons and Charlton will meet again back at Stadium MK after a 0-0 draw at The Valley in the second round of the FA Cup.

George Baldock, Kieran Agard and Dean Bowditch all missed great chances in Richie Barker's final game in charge, while Josh Magennis missed a one-on-one with David Martin for the home side as neither could book their third round spot.

Prior to kick off, all focus was on the dugouts more so than the pitch as new Dons boss Robbie Neilson watched over his squad - not taking over until Sunday - while in the opposite area, former manager Karl Robinson was given a warm reception by the fans who used to call him their own.

In a distinctly empty stadium, Dons dominated the first half. Ben Reeves, who came in to replace Daniel Powell in Richie Barker's only change to the side, was orchestrating the play and was key in creating the visitor's early chances. Dean Bowditch had to do better when he was afforded space but headed over, while Kieran Agard also spun one wide of the uprights.

The best chance of the half fell to George Baldock though. Countering from a Charlton corner, he latched on to Dean Lewington's ball up the left flank and ran beyond the defence. But his touch to take him into the penalty area was poor, taking it out of his reach, allowing Dillon Phillips a chance to close the angle, leaving Baldock no room but to fire straight at the keeper.

Charlton emerged for the second half with a renewed sense of fight though, and could well have taken the lead when Josh Magennis went one-on-one with David Martin, but squandered the chance by firing into the keeper's legs.

Dons though weren't without their chances as Reeves and Bowditch tested Phillips, while Agard thought he'd opened the scoring with 18 minutes to go when he headed home the brilliant Darren Potter's cross only to have his celebrations cut short by the offside flag.

The visitors should have won it in stoppage time when substitute Daniel Powell caused havoc, but Ryan Colclough's terrible shot made it to Bowditch, who saw his strike cleared off the line.

The draw means the tie goes to a replay, with the third round draw taking place on Monday night.

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 4,982 (639)

Charlton: Phillips, Bauer, Lookman, Crofts, Magennis, Ajose (Hanlan 90), Botaka (Novak 90), Konsa (Teixeira 30), Pearce, Ulvestad, Fox

Subs not used: Beeney, Chicksen, Johnsaon, Aribo

MK Dons: Martin, Lewington, Walsh, Downing, Baldock, Potter, Upson, Carruthers (Powell 78), Agard (Colclough 78), Reeves, Bowditch

Subs not used: Nicholls, GB Williams, Hendry, Aneke, Tshimanga

Booked: Potter, Baldock, Downing