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Posted Tue 31 Jan 12 at 21:43 PM


Two bizarre own goals in a feisty affair saw the honours shared between MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday at stadiummk.

The Dons took the lead when a Luke Chadwick strike hit the inside of the bar before hitting the back of Stephen Bywater and falling into the net.

Almost ten minutes later the Dons failed to clear Chris Sedgwick's corner and Gary MacKenzie stabbed the ball past David Martin.A battle between the two promotion contenders failed to produce scintillating football but it was hotly-contested, physical and when sparks flew late on it was Dons boss Karl Robinson who was given the marching orders.

Not one to be remembered as a classic, but a point a piece will not damager either side's quest for Championship action.

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The Dons made three changes to the side that lost at Stevenage last week - two of which were enforced on Karl Robinson. With Adam Smith recalled by Tottenham, and subsequently loaned to Leeds United, and Mathias Kouo-Doumbe both Adam Chicksen and Tom Flanagan took places in the starting line up. While Shaun Williams partnered Stephen Gleeson in midfield as Jabo Ibehre dropped to the bench.

The contest of fourth versus fifth failed to show the quality that would have been expected by such a billing as a scrappy style of football took hold with the ball bypassing the midfield, which cancelled out one of the Dons' key components of their passing game.

There was little to note from the opening quarter of an hour but on a brisk night Chadwick providing a warming spark with a great moment of vision when the play appeared to have stopped but the former Manchester United winger was the only one alert enough to pick up the ball. After a quick glance up Chadwick from the edge of the 18-yard box and turned a dipping strike against the underside of the bar, and in a bizarre twist watched the ball hit the back of Bywater before falling into the back of the net.

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It was difficult for any type of free-flowing football to be played as the game continued to be interrupted by fouls and free-kicks in an increasingly physical clash.

A corner to Wednesday then created a chance for the visitor, their height in the air was an undoubted threat that the Dons had to cope with, but as David Martin left his line looking to collect the delivery he was left in a heap on the ground. In the melee that ensued in the crowded box the ball was stabbed into the back of the net.

There was muted reaction from the crowd at stadiummk as players and supporters alike waited for the linesman to flag up the foul, but it never came and the Owls wheeled away in celebration with former Don Miguel Llera claiming the equaliser, when it appeared as though Gary MacKenzie had accidently diverted into his own net.

Both goals had come in an unorthodox fashion which was the perfect way to sum up the remainder of the action.

Another scramble in the box almost resulted in a second for Wednesday when Reda Johnson was able to twist and turn inside the six-yard box before Williams eventually got the block in and quickly cleared the box.

Three minutes into the second half Wednesday had a towering header from Reda Johnson cleared off the line when the full-back was able to send a thumping nod onto Sedgwick's corner, but Gleeson's clearance on the line was one with conviction.

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During the corner Chicksen, back from his loan spell at Leyton Orient, received lengthy treatment for a head injury which eventually forced him off in the 51st minute. With no other options for the right-back position it was left to Chadwick to step in as makeshift full-back.

The reshuffle meant a gaping space in the attacking midfield position for Smith to step into for his Dons debut.

The game was there for the taking as the play opened up, possibly with that the knowledge of a point not suiting either side, and when Williams was presented with a free-kick at the right of the box it was a chance for the Dons to edge in front again.

Williams managed to get the ball over the wall, his shot was on target but Lewis Buxton managed to head the ball over.

Wednesday were extremely difficult to break down and Charlie MacDonald had experienced a frustrating evening trying to get the better of the Owls' giant defenders. It was with that reason in mind that Robinson introduced Jabo Ibehre for fresh legs and added height up front.

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The Ows began to pin the Dons back into their own half and it was left to Robinson's men to break on the counterattack to get a sight at goal.

Tempers were boiling and when Reda Johnson clashed with Gleeson in the Dons' technical box boss Robinson pull the pair apart, but Reda Johnson fell to the floor and referee Chris Linnington sent Robinson off.

Clinton Morrison, who spent a month on loan at the Dons earlier in the season, came on for a late cameo but he failed to make the impact he would have wanted as both sides were forced to settle for the draw.

MK Dons (4-2-3-1): Martin; Chicksen (Smith51), MacKenzie, Flanagan, Lewington (c); Gleeson, Williams; Bowditch, Chadwick, O'Shea (82); MacDonald (Ibehre 68).

Subs not used: McLoughlin, Baldock.

Booked: Flanagan

Goal: Bywater O.G

Sheffield Wednesday: Bywater, Semedo (c), Sedgwick (Bostock 60), Prutton, Buxton, Batth, Otsemobor, Llera, R Johnson, Madine (J Johnson 68), O'Grady (Morrison 85).

Subs not used: Weaver, Lines

Booked: Semedo

Goal: MacKenzie O.G 27

Attendance: 9,776 (2, 404 away)

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