MATCHDAY: MK Dons 1 Bury 1
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F/T: MK Dons 1 Bury 1
92 – BOOKED – Carrington shown a yellow for time wasting.
90 – SUB – Mark Carrington on for Tom Soares.
79 – SUBS – Alan Smith on for Izale McLeod. Zeli Ismail on for Daniel Powell.
71 – John-Lewis fires just past the bottom left hand post after being put through following a determined run by Tom Soares.
68 - McLeod mis-kicks in the centre of the Bury penalty area with the goal at his mercy. The balls broke to the Dons striker after a low cross from the right was only half-cleared.
66 - GOAL - MK Dons 1 BURY 1 - Steven Schumacher swivels on the edge of the box and hooks a right-footed volley into the top left-hand corner of the net.
65 - BOOKED - Bowditch is given a yellow for a foul on Schumacher as Bury broke
54 - SUB - Craig Jones on for Tom Hopper
Craig Jones looks like he may come on, not sure who for?
49 – McLeod does well to make space for himself in the box, but skews his shot wide from a central position.
46 - Schumacher has the first shot of the half, John-Lewis heading it down into his path, but the captain's long-range effort goes high and wide.
K/O: Bury kick off the second half, with both sides unchanged...
H/T: MK Dons 1 Bury 0
44 – Carson gathers a fierce left-foot shot from Chicksen at the second attempt. The MK Dons right-back strikes it from 30 yards but the ball moved in the air.
45 – MK Dons hit the post after a deflected shot from Izale McLeod loops up off Sodje, leaving Carson stranded, but the ball bounces across the Bury box and the rebound is cleared to safety.
41 - John-Lewis clears on the line after Carson's fumbled clearance from an MK Dons corner falls at the feet of Kay, who shoots towards the right-hand post from 16 yards out.
36 - `Schumacher is little optimistic, dragging a left-footed shot wide from 30 yards.
34 – Hopper heads wide at the back post on the right after a flowing Bury move ended with a deep cross from Skarz on the left.
33 - BOOKED - Daniel Powell is shown a yellow for diving in the Bury box, trying to win a penalty for MK Dons.
24 - John-Lewis has a header cleared off the line by MK right-back Adam Chicksen. The chance followed a scramble after a Joe Skarz corner, which Efe Sodje nodded back in and John-Lewis redirected into the top right corner, but the Dons full-back nodded it over.
26 - Steven Schumacher has a tap-in from six yards deflected just wide, then Martin tips over Sodje's header from the resulting corner.
19 - John-Lewis is unlucky not to win a penalty after being brought down by MK Dons keeper David Martin, but the linesman flags for a free-kick the other way.
15 - GOAL - MK DONS 1 Bury 0 - Dean Bowditch, who scored a hat-trick when the two sides met at Gigg Lane earlier in the season, beat temporary right-back David Worrall easily before drifting inside past two midfielders and curling a right foot shot home. His drive was hit low through a crowd of bodies, but went straight through Bury keeper Trevor Carson, who should have had it covered.
11 - John-Lewis has another chance in the right channel after being set up following a long Trevor Carson free-kick, but his shot was again blocked, this time by Antony Kay.
9 – Bury earn the first corner of the match after Lenell John-Lewis turns neatly in the box but his close-range shot from a tight angle on the right is cut out by MK Dons centre-back Shaun Williams. Tom Soares then had a free header from Joe Skarz’s corner but was off-balanced at the back post and could not direct it on target.
Bury start pretty much as predicted, with Worrall at right-back and Ebanks-Landell in a midfield holding role. The only difference is that Hopper has started on the right of a five-man midfield, with Soares on the left.
K/O: MK Dons kick off...
Blackwell warned he would have to play players out of position ahead of today's trip to MK Dons and it already looks as if he has been true to his word.
After reverting winger David Worrall to an attacking centre-midfield role of late, it looks like he may be asked to play at right-back in place of Doherty today.
It is also likely that Blackwell will continue with a five-man midfield, meaning Tom Soares playing on the right, Hopper on the left, and Ebanks-Landell joining Steven Schumacher and Zac Thompson in the middle.
While Lenell John-Lewis returns up front.
The big concern is that Blackwell has named just four players on the bench, refusing to blood any of the Shakers' Under-21s despite a squad crises brought on by illness, injury and departures.
MK DONS: Martin; Chicksen, Kay, Williams, Lewington; Potter, Harley; Powell, Lowe, Bowditch; McLeod.
Subs: Otsemobor, Kouo-Doumbe, Mackenzie, Smith, Alli, Rasulo, Ismail.
BURY: Carson; Worrall, Sodje, Hughes, Skarz; Hopper, Thompson, Ebanks-Landell, Schumacher, Soares; John-Lewis.
Subs: C Jones, Carrington, Dibble, Wylde.
Kevin Blackwell's side return from a much-needed break since their 1-0 defeat at home to Tranmere on New Year's Day.
In the intervening 12 days, they have allowed experienced midfielder Peter Sweeney go to AFC Wimbldeon on a free and lost loan defender Matt Doherty, who has gone back to Wolves.
There has been some good news though, with other loan signings Zac Thompson and Tom Hopper extending until the end of the season, while Troy Hewitt, Gregg Wydle and, most recently, Ethan Ebanks-Landell staying for an extra month.
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