Bristol City 1-1 MK Dons: Dons nick last-gasp draw
Last Updated: 03/10/15 9:26pm
Jonathan Kodjia's sixth goal of the season was not enough to secure Bristol City their first home Sky Bet Championship win of the season as MK Dons grabbed a last-gasp leveller to draw 1-1 at Ashton Gate.
The home side had to withstand constant pressure in the latter stages of the match and the Dons got their rewards when substitute Daniel Powell curled in a 20-yard equaliser deep into stoppage-time.
City had gone ahead after six minutes when Bobby Reid took advantage of a mistake by Antony Kay to burst through the centre of the visitors' defence.
The young midfielder coolly drew goalkeeper David Martin from his line and unselfishly fed the ball into the path of Kodjia who was left with a simple tap-in from six yards.
Reid shot wide from distance and Ben Reeves did likewise for the Dons as Karl Robinson's side began to get into the game.
But City still offered the greater threat. Dean Lewington was booked for bringing down Mark Little to halt one of several dangerous raids.
A late challenge by Jake Forster-Caskey on Reid brought a yellow card in the 29th minute and sparked an angry reaction from City's players. Aden Flint was also booked for getting involved in the melee.
The hosts should have been further ahead by the break when a strong run and pass from Kodjia set up Luke Freeman but he sent his shot from 12 yards into the crowd behind the goal.
Kodjia then broke down the left again, collected Marlon Pack's pass and cut in to have a fierce right-footed shot saved by Martin.
The interval arrived without City goalkeeper Frank Fielding having made a save. The Dons' approach play promised better, but lacked an incisive final pass.
Reeves finally tested Fielding with a fierce left-footed shot from inside the box, which was tipped wide for a corner.
With the visitors enjoying their best period, a Lewington cross from the right was just missed by striker Simon Church and the ball bounced against the far post with Fielding beaten.
City had lost their way and Fielding had to make a fine diving save from substitute Rob Hall when he let fly from 25 yards.
Steve Cotterill's men were looking tired as they faced wave after wave of attacks, hardly able to get out of their own half in the closing stages.
Their back-line defended valiantly but the pressure had to tell and Powell sent the visiting fans wild with a goal that was worthy of taking a point from a game his side might feel they should have won.
"It's a tough result to take because of the timing of their goal, but MK Dons fully deserved it on their second-half display. I thought we had seen it out for a win we desperately needed, but in the end that didn't happen. We didn't keep possession in the second half. There were probably some nerves because of the desperation to give our fans the result they wanted."
"A point was all we deserved. We were poor first half and Bristol came out of the blocks quickly. They scored, the fans responded and we had to ride our luck with some other chances. At half-time I had a strong word with my players about what it means to wear the shirt and the pride we all have in our club."