Point apiece for Dons and Ipswich

Ipswich Town 0-0 MK Dons

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 5:09 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 5:10 pm
Match Report

Dons and Ipswich played out an entertaining if ultimately goal-less draw on Saturday.

Scott Fraser, Matt O'Riley and Andrew Surman all had decent sights of goal at Portman Road but were unable to break the deadlock, while substitute Freddie Sears had the best of the openings for Ipswich, but was unable to hit the target with either.

It's a result which leaves Dons 14th in the table, slipping one place.

Injuries to Warren O'Hora, Cameron Jerome and Louis Thompson forced Russell Martin into three changes from the side which lost to Crewe Alexandra on Monday. In their place came Dean Lewington, Scott Fraser and Will Grigg.

In typical Dons style, after a few minutes to find their feet at Portman Road, it was a confident showing on the ball as they dominated possession and gave Ipswich the runaround for much of the opening 45 minutes.

Chances were few and far between for both sides, with Will Grigg starved of the ball for long periods as the Ipswich defence dealt well with Dons in the final third.

There was little to write home about for the hosts too though, with Andrew Fisher keeping his powder dry thanks to some strong defending from Darling, Jules and Lewington in front of him.

Dons had a half-hearted shout for a penalty when Scott Fraser thought his flick hit an Ipswich arm but it was waved away by referee Tom Field.

The best chances though would come in the final few minutes of the half when Fraser fired into the side netting, before Armando Dobra slid Gwion Edwards' cross just wide of the upright.

The second half was much of a repeat of the first. Dons played some excellent stuff at times, but the decisive ball and their composure in front of goal were all that was lacking. Andrew Surman forced a good save from Tomas Holy when a free-kick was shifted to him, while Matt O'Riley had two bites of the cherry when the ball found it's way to him at the far post, but Holy made a fine double-save to keep Dons at bay.

Substitute Freddie Sears twice came close for the hosts but failed to hit the target with either, with Ipswich failing to register a shot on target.

The result – only their second 0-0 draw of the season – sees Dons drop to 14th in the table.

Referee: Tom Field

Ipswich Town: Holy, Ward, Chambers, Woolfenden, Edwards (Parrott 68), Bishop (Judge 60), Downes, Nsiala, Dozzell (Nydam 61), Drinan (Hawkins 87), Dobra (Sears 61)

Subs not used: Cornell, McGuinness

MK Dons: Fisher, Lewington, Jules, Darling, Laird, Harvie (Sorinola 61), Surman, McEachran (Kasumu 70), O'Riley, Fraser, Grigg (Brown 70)

Subs not used: Nicholls, Sorensen, Mason, Houghton

Booked: Dobra, Downes