Angelo Balanta came off the bench to earn a point for MK Dons against Colchester with a superb solo goal.
The visitors dominated the first-half and took the lead when Marcus Okuonghae drilled in a low shot from 15 yards.
Ashley Vincent almost doubled their lead after the break but saw his 25-yard effort come back off the crossbar.
Balanta was then introduced and secured a point for The Dons when he ran at John White before curling an exquisite shot past Mark Cousins from 22 yards.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio: "We came out in the second half and gave it a right good go. It's still not acceptable and I apologise to the fans for the first half. That's not good enough.
"We have dug something out today that I haven't seen us do many times over the past two years. We have never come off after being outplayed and got a point.
"Maybe that was our turning point today, it keeps us two points off the play-offs."
Colchester United manager, John Ward told BBC Essex: "We have had enough chances to win two or three games. I think what we have done has been absolutely fantastic, against a team that is undefeated at home.
"(MK Dons) are very strong, I think we came here and performed very strongly.
"I am proud to be their manager and they are working very hard for the cause."
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Saturday, 2 October 2010
Npower League One
04 Doumbe yellow card
05 MacKenzie (Chicksen 21 yellow card)
16 Hamann (Balanta 46)
22 Leven yellow card
14 Guy (Ibehre 56)
10 Izzet yellow card
22 Wordsworth (Henderson 88)
07 Vincent (Henderson 85)
19 Mooney (Odejayi 73)
Ref: RussellAtt: 11,280
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:03 The referee ends the match.
90:00+2:39 Corner taken by Peter Leven from the right by-line, clearance by Kayode Odejayi.
89:15 Kemal Izzet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Leven. Free kick taken by Mathias Doumbe.
87:35 Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Liam Henderson coming on for Anthony Wordsworth.
84:23 Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.
84:23 Substitution Ian Henderson comes on in place of Ashley Vincent.
84:23 Booking Peter Leven goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
84:14 Peter Leven challenges Anthony Wordsworth unfairly and gives away a free kick.
82:12 Unfair challenge on Mathias Doumbe by Kayode Odejayi results in a free kick. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
80:25 Kayode Odejayi has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
79:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Direct free kick taken by Mark Cousins.
79:13 Unfair challenge on Aaron Wilbraham by Magnus Okuonghae results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Leven.
78:15 Foul by Jabo Ibehre on Paul Reid, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Cousins.
75:32 Short corner worked by Anthony Wordsworth.
73:17 Kemal Izzet has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
72:08 Substitution Kayode Odejayi on for David Mooney.
68:40 Luke Chadwick challenges Kemal Izzet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Magnus Okuonghae takes the free kick.
65:08 GOAL - Angelo Balanta:MK Dons 1 - 1 Colchester Angelo Balanta fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons
63:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Easter on David Mooney. Mark Cousins restarts play with the free kick.
60:20 Jabo Ibehre produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
59:46 David Mooney is caught offside. David Martin takes the direct free kick.
56:55 Free kick taken by Mark Cousins.
56:55 Booking Adam Chicksen booked for unsporting behaviour.
56:34 John White fouled by Adam Chicksen, the ref awards a free kick.
56:17 Foul by David Mooney on Peter Leven, free kick awarded. Mathias Doumbe takes the free kick.
55:01 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.
55:01 Substitution Lewis Guy leaves the field to be replaced by Jabo Ibehre.
53:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Wordsworth. Free kick taken by David Martin.
53:11 Short corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth from the right by-line.
52:41 Short corner taken by David Perkins from the left by-line.
51:40 Peter Leven takes the free kick.
51:40 Booking Kemal Izzet is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
51:27 Kemal Izzet challenges Peter Leven unfairly and gives away a free kick.
49:02 Ashley Vincent produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards.
47:11 Inswinging corner taken by Angelo Balanta, clearance made by Paul Reid.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:01 Substitution Dietmar Hamann leaves the field to be replaced by Angelo Balanta.
45:00+2:02 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00+1:39 Lewis Guy challenges David Perkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kemal Izzet restarts play with the free kick.
45:00+0:35 David Mooney takes a shot. Save by David Martin.
42:00 The referee blows for offside against David Mooney. Peter Leven restarts play with the free kick.
39:34 Unfair challenge on Ashley Vincent by Jermaine Easter results in a free kick. Magnus Okuonghae takes the direct free kick.
37:33 Effort on goal by Anthony Wordsworth from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
36:32 Kemal Izzet challenges Peter Leven unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dietmar Hamann fires a strike on goal direct from
the free kick, save by Mark Cousins.
31:54 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tommy Williams, Dean Lewington makes a clearance.
28:46 Booking Mathias Doumbe receives a yellow card.
25:41 The assist for the goal came from Tommy Williams.
25:41 GOAL - Magnus Okuonghae:MK Dons 0 - 1 Colchester A goal is scored by Magnus Okuonghae from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Milton Keynes
Dons 0-1 Colchester.
24:56 Corner taken by Tommy Williams from the left by-line,
23:29 Dean Lewington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Mooney. Anthony Wordsworth shoots direct from the free
21:53 The referee blows for offside against David Mooney. Direct free kick taken by Mathias Doumbe.
19:35 David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
19:35 Substitution Adam Chicksen replaces Gary MacKenzie.
19:35 Foul by David Perkins on Lewis Guy, free kick awarded.
18:52 David Mooney is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by David Martin.
16:00 John White challenges Luke Chadwick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Lewington restarts play with the free kick.
14:36 Corner taken by Peter Leven, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.
12:24 Kemal Izzet challenges Aaron Wilbraham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Leven takes the direct free kick.
11:10 The ball is swung over by David Perkins, Headed effort on goal by David Mooney from inside the penalty box misses to the right
of the goal.
8:55 Foul by Magnus Okuonghae on Jermaine Easter, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Peter Leven.
8:18 Ashley Vincent crosses the ball, Effort from deep inside the area by Anthony Wordsworth misses to the left of the target.
6:57 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the left by-line, Dean Lewington produces a header from inside the
area that goes over the bar.
6:10 Andy Bond concedes a free kick for a foul on Dietmar Hamann. Free kick taken by Peter Leven.
5:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Mooney by Dean Lewington. Direct free kick taken by Mark Cousins.
1:49 Unfair challenge on Dan Woodards by David Mooney results in a free kick. David Martin takes the direct free kick.
1:07 Peter Leven challenges Andy Bond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Cousins.
0:00 The referee gets the game started.
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