BEAM­ING AT RECORD RUN Dons de­liver on their trav­els

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Scott Hunt

MK DONS man­ager Karl Robin­son sin­gled out the hunger and de­sire of his play­ers as they made it ten league games un­beaten with a draw against Preston at Deep­dale.

Scott Wise­man struck a su­perb sec­ond half vol­ley to level the scores after Carl Baker had put MK Dons ahead be­fore half time.

The draw means that the Dons stay third, ahead of Preston only on goal dif­fer­ence but North End have a game in hand.

Dons, who are the top scor­ers in League One, now haven’t lost since Septem­ber – mak­ing it the long­est run in their his­tory at this level.

Robin­son, while ac­knowl­edg­ing they rode their luck, said his play­ers were mag­nif­i­cent on the day.

“It’s the big­gest un­beaten run in the club’s his­tory at this level,” Robin­son said.

“It’s okay in League Two but in League One it’s a re­mark­able achieve­ment by the play­ers.

“Peo­ple don’t re­alise how hard this is.

“We’ve played a lot of big teams in this ten-game run.

“It was a very hard point. We’re dis­ap­pointed with the goal and we’ve rode our luck with Davies’ header.

“We stopped play­ing in the sec­ond half. I think we fell into their trap and played too many long balls for us.

“But I thought the hunger of our play­ers to­day was mag­nif­i­cent.

“Their hunger and de­sire, and it just shows you that we’re dis­ap­pointed with a point. “I love ev­ery sin­gle one of my play­ers. They are a credit to this club and they’re a credit to them­selves as in­di­vid­u­als.

“I’m proud to man­age ev­ery sin­gle one of them.”

MK Dons threat­ened in the sev­enth minute as Benik Afobe found Daniel Pow­ell at the far post and the winger forced Thorsten Stuck­mann to tip his right­footed shot from 12 yards over the bar.

Kevin Davies missed a golden op­por­tu­nity to give Preston the lead in the 19th minute as Jer­maine Beck­ford put the ball on a plate for the veteran striker who struck over the bar.

MK Dons took the lead in the 39th minute as Dele Alli picked up the ball on the left edge of the area and crossed low to find Baker who knocked it in on the stretch.

Preston threat­ened to equalise in the 48th minute as the ball broke to Paul Gal­lagher from 12 yards, who hit a swiv­elled right-foot vol­ley from 12 yards straight at David Martin.

Preston’s sec­ond half dom­i­nance fi­nally paid off in the 67th minute as Davies knocked the ball back into the area from the by­line and found right­back Scott Wise­man who volleyed in from eight yards.

The home side had a great chance to take all three points in the clos­ing min­utes as Davies was found in the cen­tre of the box but his header from six yards was saved by Martin.

Preston man­ager Si­mon Grayson felt that a point was the very least his team de­served and gave credit to his strike pair­ing.

“We played re­ally well,” Grayson said.“We’ve not fin­ished the chances when they’ve come along for us.

“The least we de­served was the draw. The per­for­mances of the two strik­ers was re­ally good.

“I thought Kev was a real hand­ful, Jer­maine was look­ing to play off him and run­ning down the side caus­ing him prob­lems but they are judged on their goals as well I sup­pose.

“I would have thought many many strik­ers would not even have both­ered keep­ing the ball in the 18 yard box but Kev did what he did and landed it at an un­usual sus­pect in Scott Wise­man.

“We were pos­i­tive in our play to­day and it’s pleas­ing for a man­ager when you keep go­ing and keep mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for them.

“You look at Stucky and I don’t think he’s had a sin­gle save to make in the game whereas their keeper had plenty to do.”

NOT AFRIAD TO SHOOT: MK Dons striker Benik Afobe has a shot on goal

STAR MAN JERMA

INE BECKFO

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