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Martin’s so happy with Dons after Blues draw

- By Russell Cook

STAR MAN JACK BONHAM

Gillingham

MK DONS manager Russell Martin was delighted with his team’s performanc­e – but disappoint­ed they failed to score in the draw at Ipswich.

They prevented the Blues from recording a single shot on target, but the Suffolk side kept their play-off hopes alive thanks to their goalkeeper Tomas Holy who made vital saves.

Martin said: “I’m not unhappy, I thought the performanc­e was really good. We were great and dominated the game. We limited them to very little.

“We had two or three brilliant chances in the box with Matt O’Riley and their keeper makes a great save, but if we are to improve the minimum you need is to get a clean sheet.

“I’m disappoint­ed for the players that they couldn’t get the goal they deserved.”

Substitute Freddie Sears had two gilt-edged chances for the hosts, but his efforts just failed to hit the target in the first game of a new era at Portman Road after an American consortium took charge of the club.

A speculativ­e effort by Zak Jules was gathered by

Holy, while Stephen Ward’s cross just evaded Gwion

Edwards. Scott Fraser fired low into the side netting and penalty appeals were turned down when his shot appeared to hit Luke Chambers on the arm.

At the other end, Armando Dobra stabbed Edwards’ cross inches wide.

Holy tipped the ball round a post from an Andrew Surman free-kick and he made a further double save from O’Riley.

Sears had two late efforts when he rifled a shot over the angle of the bar and nearly lobbed MK Dons goalkeeper Andrew Fisher.

Town assistantb­oss Matt

Gill said: “There was loads of positives to take from today. “We would have loved three points, but it’s another point to where we want to get to.

“They are a very good footballin­g team and have got some really good attributes, but I think we coped with them really well and I think second half we stepped into the game better and the lads worked extremely hard.

“It was a game of very few chances and Tomas is there to make saves and did so when called upon.”

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