MK Dons 0-0 Stevenage: Boro lose 5-4 on penalties in Checkatrade Trophy
PUBLISHED: 21:54 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:13 04 October 2017
Stevenage lost 5-4 on penalties to MK Dons after a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes in Group G of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Stevenage boss Darren Sarll and his men treated the 34 loyal Boro fans who made the long trip up to Carlisle last week with a half time pie and a pint but perhaps they should have had another one after Tuesday night following an absorbing if goalless match.
A Boro side containing a mix of youth and experience more than held their own against a home side who had won three of their last four games prior to kick-off.
Former Arsenal and Stevenage forward Chuks Aneke made his first start since February after a serious knee injury.
He showed his talent in the 36th minute as he turned his man and curled a shot wide of Chris Day’s right hand post. Two minutes later he dragged a left-footed shot wide after a powerful run.
In truth they were rare moments of action in a match high on endeavour but low on end product on a greasy surface.
Veteran Day showed his quality by performing a superb double save on 63 minutes to deny Brandon Thomas-Asante and then Robbie Muirhead to keep the score 0-0.
With Sarll’s men losing 6-2 at home to Oxford United in their first match in the competition he could be pleased at the defensive solidity his team showed at Stadium MK.
The 30,500 stadium is a fine host for football, even if there were only 2,031 fans in attendance – however the supporters were treated to an entertaining penalty shoot-out the home side won 5-4, with Thomas-Asante netting the winning penalty.
Tom Conlon scores 0-1 Stevenage
Aidan Nesbit scores 1-1
Ryan Seager scores 1-2 MK Dons
Chris Whelpdale misses 1-2 MK Dons
Tom Pett scores 2-2
Conor McGrandles scores 2-3 MK Dons
Sam Nombe scores 2-4 MK Dons
Luke Wilkinson scores 3-4 MK Dons
Danny Newton scores 4-4
Brandon Thomas-Asante scored 4-5 MK Dons