REPORT: Leeds 1-1 MK Dons: Kay own goal levels late for Leeds

Match report PNL-160201-163912002
Match report PNL-160201-163912002

Antony Kay put into his own net three minutes from time to deny MK Dons all three points at Elland Road as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Leeds.

Rob Hall scored on the half hour mark as he got on the end of Nicky Maynard’s cross as Leeds struggled to make inroads in the first half.

But despite hitting the post, the home side couldn’t find the net themselves, leaving it to Kay to head past his own keeper to deny Dons their first win on the road since the opening day of the season.

Having made six changes to the side which lost to Birmingham City, Karl Robinson reverted back to a more familiar side for the visit to Elland Road. Darren Potter and Antony Kay returned to their usual bolt holes, while Josh Murphy, Rob Hall and Nicky Maynard were also named in the starting 11.

Diego Poyet was missing from the squad though, with it understood his loan deal will be ended prematurely to open up wages for Robinson in the transfer window.

Dons were dealt a blow as early as the 14th minute though as Carl Baker’s promising start to the game ended in injury. One of his trademark winding runs, Baker was bundled to the ground and collided with Liam Cooper. Despite trying to hobble on, he went down again and was forced to come off. Dean Bowditch replaced him.

It had been a scrappy game until that point, with neither side really able to get on top. Leeds edged the territory and possession, but Dons were never really in trouble.

And they had two very good opportunities to edge in front. First, Rob Hall snuck into the penalty area but was felled by Charlie Taylor’s challenge from behind, though no penalty was awarded. And when Nicky Maynard was taken down when he was through on goal, Elland Road fell silent as they expected to see captain Sol Bamba given his marching orders, but was flashed a yellow card by referee Jeremy Simpson.

But Dons did finally take the lead on the half hour mark. Yet more running from Maynard saw him win the ball and break down the right flank. Spotting his men over, he pulled the ball back to Hall who was breaking into the box late, and from 15 yards side footed it neatly into the corner past Marco Silvestri.

It allowed Dons to relax somewhat, and gave them a bit more freedom to play their game. But it could have been a level playing field had Darren Potter not stepped in to deny Souleymane Doukara after he shrugged off Kyle McFadzean and looked to pull the trigger but for Potter’s intervention.

The home side came out firing after the break though and immediately sought out an equaliser. Dons inability to make anything from the corner spot was once again proving costly as they were caught on the break by lightning fast Lewis Cook, but Samir Carruthers made a vital interception to block the pass across to Doukara.

Leeds then shook the frame of the goal when Taylor’s free kick had Martin all but beaten, clattering the outside of the upright.

Dons though could have put the game out of Leeds’ reach. First Hall launched one over the top before Maynard had a magnificent chance to double the lead. Carruthers’ strong tackle turned out to be a great pass to the striker, who expertly spun away from Liam Cooper to go one-on-one. Silvestri though was alert to the danger and did well to dive to his right and palm the ball around the post.

Maynard’s shift was ended with six minutes to go, having run himself into the ground. But with Leeds looking unlikely to score themselves, Dons would end up being their own worst enemies. It looked for all the world as though Leeds’ deep corner was going to be easily dealt with by the three Dons players under it. But Antony Kay completely misjudged the header, wrong-footing Martin as it rolled into the net to level with five minutes to go.

It left for a very nervous end to the game for the visitors as Leeds piled forwards in search of a winner though they had to settle for a share of the points.

The point moves Dons two clear of the relegation zone, but remain 20th in the table.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 24,356

Leeds: Silvestri, Byram, Bamba, Wootton, Cooper, Luke Murphy (Antenucci 45) Doukara (Erwin 58), Dallas (Coyle 76), Taylor, Cook, Bridcutt

Sub not used: Bellusci, Adeyemi, Phillips, Peacock-Farrell

MK Dons: Martin, Lewington, Spence, Kay, McFadzean, Potter, Carruthers, Baker (Bowditch 14), Josh Murphy, Hall (Walsh 90), Maynard (Church 84)

Subs not used: Hodson, Reeves, Gallagher, Cropper

Booked: Josh Murphy, Bamba, Carruthers, McFadzean, Byram, Hall, Kay