Late McLeod goal earns MK Dons point against promoted Brentford

Following their promotion triumph on Good Friday, Brentford were still looking to end the season on a high when they visited MK Dons at Stadium:MK.

And the away side started brightly when Adam Forshaw’s curling shot from distance was well saved by Martin in the opening stages. The Dons however responded well when McLeod’s bursting run and cross was met by Powell at the near post, however his effort flew just wide.The two sides looked to be going in at half time on level terms, but when Brentford were awarded a corner in stoppage time, Alan Judge’s inviting corner was fumbled by Dons’ keeper Martin, and Tarkowski was on hand to open the scoring from close range.

Brentford then continued their momentum on into the second half and began to dominate the game, and their reward came in the 59th minute when Clayton Donaldson got behind the Dons defence to slot past Martin and doubled his sides lead.Brentford seemed comfortable at 2-0, however when McLeod was clipped in the area, the referee awarded a penalty, and Gleeson smashed home the penalty to give the Dons some hope.

There didn’t seem like any way through for MK Dons as they searched for an equaliser, however from out of nowhere in the final minute of stoppage time Izale McLeod leapt brilliantly to get on the end of Hall’s inviting cross and give the home side a point and complete the comeback.McLeod’s equaliser changes little for MK Dons, however the point hands Wolves the title and means that Brentford will finish second.

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MK Dons:

Martin: 6. Made some decent saves but his poor mistake led to the first goal.

Baldock: 6. Had a tough job against Donaldson, was caught out for second goal.

Spence: 7.  Solid as always, little mistakes.

Lewington: 7. Played center back rather than left back, calm on the ball, made some important tackles.

Galloway: 7. The youngster didn’t look out of place once again and had a very good game at left back.

Kennedy: 7. Was Dons’  best attacking threat all game, showed good pace and trickery at times.

Gleeson: 6.5. Not his best game, overrun in midfield at times, good penalty however.

Smith: 6. Couldn’t continue his good form, was outplayed by Forshaw, Judge and Douglas.

Powell: 6. Nearly scored in the first half, subbed off injured.

Rasulo: 6.5. First start today, at times was a threat to the Brentford back line with his trickery.

McLeod: 6. Offered little all game, was clumsy at times, yet won the penalty and scored a brilliant header to equalise late on.

Subs:

Hall: 6.5. At times looked dangerous and provided an excellent cross for McLeod equaliser late on.

Loveridge: 5.5. Again just didn’t cause a threat.

Randall: 6. Had little time to make an impact with the short time he had on.

Brentford:

Button: 6.5. Couldn’t do anything about the winner, nearly saved the penalty. Looked solid.

Yennaris: 7. Linked up with attack, quality on the ball, defended well against Powell and then Hall.

Tarkowski: 7. Scored the opener, calm on the ball and defended excellently. Subbed.

Craig: Quality alongside Tarkowski, however gave McLeod too much space for the winner.

Bidwell: 6.5. Solid in defence, could have helped out Donaldson a little more.

Dallas: 6.5. At times showed quality and pace, wasn’t involved as much as other midfielders.

Forshaw: 8. Ran the game in midfield, passing and reading of the game was exceptional.

Douglas: 7.5. Always plays well against the Dons, protected defence well and controlled midfield alongside Forshaw.

Judge: 7.5. Provided the assist for the first goal, caused the Dons back line a problem all game.

Donaldson: 7.5. Scored yet another goal against MK Dons. Took his goal really well, was a threat all game.

Grigg: 6. Worked hard all game but didn’t cause much trouble for Spence and Lewington.

Subs:

O’Connor: 6.5. Came on and did a job he needed to do, calm on the ball and good defensively.

Saville: 6.5. The loanee made some good touches and tackles when he came on.

Diagouraga: 7. Got right into the game as soon as he came on, looked very good.

 

Man of the Match: Adam Forshaw: Brentford. Controlled the game from start to finish, linked with wingers well and was a constant threat all game. Very impressive.


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