Result: Doncaster Rovers 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0

New boy Andy Butler clears the danger against MK Dons
New boy Andy Butler clears the danger against MK Dons

Doncaster Rovers ground out a goalless draw with high-flying MK Dons to halt their two-game losing sequence.

Dons enjoyed the better of the possession and went closest to breaking the deadlock but Rovers - marshalled by new loan signing Andy Butler - produced a much-improved defensive display to keep the visitors at bay.

Harry Forrester came within inches of a breakthrough right on the stroke of half time when he steered an effort just wide after linking up neatly with Nathan Tyson.

Doncaster had three appeals for a penalty - two for handball - waved away in the second half as they sporadically threatened Dons’ goal.

But it was the visitors who came closest to nicking all three points after the interval when Tom Flanagan’s half volley cannoned back off the post.

In a hectic finish Benik Afobe burst through but his lobbed effort was cleared off the line by Butler, before Carl Baker headed inches wide.

At the other end Rovers struggled to trouble goalkeeper David Martin but he did have to be alert firstly to save from Forrester cutting in from the left and then Paul Keegan’s follow-up volley.

Rovers: Steer, Wabara, Butler, McCullough, Evina, Bennett, Wellens, Keegan, Forrester, Main (Robinson 62), Tyson. Subs: Marosi, Wakefield, McCombe, Furman, Whitehouse, De Val.

MK Dons: Martin, Spence, Flanagan, Key, Lewington, Potter, Alli, Carruthers (Baker 71), Reeves (Randall 90+2), Powell, Grigg (Afobe 68).

Subs: Randall, McLoughlin, Hitchcock, Rasulo, Hickford.

Attendance: 5, 976