March 2, 2013
Preston making Hay
Will Hayhurst scored his second goal in as many games to maintain Simon Grayson's unbeaten start as Preston boss and extend MK Dons' winless run to eight matches with a 1-1 draw.
Hayhurst, 19, scored from a tight angle in the seventh minute to cancel out Adam Chicksen's early opener for the Dons, who have now drawn four successive games.
Chicksen put the Dons ahead after only two minutes when he curled the ball first time into the top corner from Ryan Lowe's cut-back, following a mistake by Bailey Wright.
But Hayhurst equalised for Preston just five minutes later, sneaking in at the far post to fire the ball high into the net from Lee Holmes' low cross.
Stuart Beavon then had a fierce strike parried by Ian McLoughlin as the Lilywhites seized control, while Lowe had two close-range shots blocked on the goalline for the Dons.
Preston created the better chances in a low-key second half, with Nicky Wroe blasting narrowly over the crossbar from the edge of the box and Hayhurst seeing his fierce free-kick pushed over by McLoughlin.
The introduction of substitute Dean Bowditch sparked the Dons into life in the closing stages but his 25-yard drive flew just wide and Chris Lines' curling free-kick shaved the post as their winless run continued.
|Milton Keynes Dons||Preston North End|
|16 Ian McLoughlin||23 Declan Rudd|
|24 Antony Kay||15 Paul Connolly|
|2 Jon Otsemobor||16 David Buchanan|
|3 Dean Lewington||4 Paul Huntington|
|12 Adam Chicksen||26 Bailey Wright|
|26 Luke Chadwick||19 John Welsh|
|8 Darren Potter||11 Lee Holmes|
|23 Chris Lines||8 Nicky Wroe|
|6 Steven Williams||24 William Hayhurst|
|17 Daniel Powell||22 Jack King|
|14 Ryan Lowe||29 Stuart Beavon|
|4 Mathias Doumbe||Thorsten Stuckmann 1|
|15 Tom Flanagan||Chris Robertson 5|
|18 George Baldock||Andrew Procter 18|
|31 Georgio Rasulo||Chris Beardsley 20|
|13 Izale McLeod||John Mousinho 21|
|9 Dean Bowditch||Jeffrey Monakana 17|
|Joe Garner 14|
|Dean Bowditch for Jon Otsemobor (68)||Jeffrey Monakana for Stuart Beavon (77)|
|Izale McLeod for Ryan Lowe (90)||Chris Robertson for David Buchanan (82)|
|Joe Garner for Lee Holmes (89)|
|Dean Lewington (60)||John Welsh (86)|
|Adam Chicksen (73)||Joe Garner (90)|
|Daniel Powell (90)|
|· Squads: Milton Keynes Dons | Preston North End|