Martin’s magic is enough for Dons

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stu­art Dunn To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

MK DONS goal­keeper David Martin was the star of the show as Karl Robin­son’s men col­lected an un­likely point but Shrews­bury man­ager Gra­ham Turner was far from an­gered by the dis­play of the home side.

Shrews­bury cre­ated the clearer chances in a game which got bet­ter the longer it de­vel­oped but were un­able to find a way past in­spired goal­keeper Martin.

He pulled off four sharp saves as the home side chased a sec­ond-half break­through, the pick of them when he some­how kept out a close range ef­fort from Aaron Wildig 12 min­utes from time.

Turner said: “We have to be rea­son­ably pleased with the out­come. It is a point on the board and that is im­por­tant.

“It was a hard game with plenty of ten­sion in it and I think we lacked a lit­tle be­lief in the first half. “We built the pre-sea­son on pass­ing the ball and good move­ment but it was not there in the first half.

“In the sec­ond half we looked a lot bet­ter and showed that bit of ur­gency and con­trol and there were some in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tions we should have done bet­ter with.

“But the en­cour­ag­ing thing is that we can get bet­ter.”

Robin­son, pleased his side stood firm as Shrews­bury upped the tempo early in the sec­ond half, added: “This is a team who had scored ten goals here in pre-sea­son and it was good to keep a clean sheet against them.

“We were the away side and it is not easy to im­pose your­self and we found it very hard to get go­ing.

“I thought they were the bet­ter side for the first 15 min­utes of the sec­ond but we got a point in the first game of the sea­son and there are 25 per cent of teams in this league who would swap our re­sult.

“They are a very good side who are dif­fi­cult to break down.” Nei­ther side could get a grip of the game in a low key first half.

Shrews­bury were much im­proved af­ter the restart and took con­trol, re­peat­edly test­ing for­mer Liver­pool re­serve goal­keeper Martin.

Just two min­utes in Martin tipped debu­tant striker John Mars­den’s ef­fort over the bar, then he caught a Paul Parry vol­ley on the line be­fore drop­ping smartly onto an­other Mars­den shot on the turn.

Then Martin made his most telling con­tri­bu­tion when he in­stinc­tively blocked Wildig's close range ef­fort.

The Dons found it tough to break down the home side but they threat­ened late on and sub­sti­tute Ge­orge Bal­dock al­most snatched vic­tory with a rasp­ing drive late on.

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