MK Dons 1-1 Fulham: Managerless Cottagers salvage point against Dons
Dean Bowditch celebrates opening the scoring against Fulham - image via BBC

MK Dons came up against a difficult Fulham side who proved hard to break down at times. A sublime effort from Dean Bowditch did the trick only for Moussa Dembele to cancel it out on the stroke of half time. Both sides could have won, but in the end the shares were spoiled.

Early sitter missed by Dembele

In what was the first real chance of the game, the in-form away striker Dembele blazed a sitter over the bar. The goal itself would have been a tough one to take for the home team who had dominated early on, as well as there being a hint of offside in the build-up.

However when strike partner Ross McCormack picked out Dembele only a couple of yards out and with an open goal in front of him, the referee must have been ready to point to the centre circle. It was one of those harder-to-miss opportunities, and one the young Frenchman will surely have nightmares about.

Bowditch sublimely scores opener

It looked like Fulham would be made to rue missed chances when Bowditch, who controlled a difficult cross from Josh Murphy, before moving the ball away from the defender and volleying home through a crowd of players from the edge of box.

What made the goal so good in many ways, was not just the excellent finish, but the controlling of the cross. Murphy put in a bullet cross into the area which Bowditch made look like it was perfect for him. But the home side took the lead nevertheless and looked like seeing it out till half-time.

Dembele levels on stroke of half-time

In a chance similar to his earlier miss, Dembele made up for his past effort by firing past home keeper David Martin. The goal came against the run of play after Dons had two efforts cleared of the line, but the defence should have wised-up to the danger of McCormack on the left wing who was once again able to pick out Dembele in far too much space to finish home.

Chances for both in second half

For the Dons, both Nicky Maynard and Simon Church went close in the later stages, the former curling his shot over the bar following Murphy's cutback. For the Cottagers, McCormack sought to win it late on with a powerful shot that beat Martin, but not Diego Poyet who cleared into safety, much to the delight of the home support.

Neither side manage to find a winner in the end, but both sides had the opportunities to win it. Consolidation over the next week for both sides as Fulham look to appoint a new manager as quickly as possible, and MK Dons look to change their fortunes away to Wolves next Saturday.