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MK Dons: Alex Revell - the penalty-saving striker

18 April 2016

It’s fair to say Saturday was a day to remember for MK Dons’ Alex Revell, but not because of his usual role as a goal-getter.

Every now and again there’s a story of an outfield player having to don the gloves, and Revell created a cherished memory when he went between the sticks for the final 10 minutes of MK’s match at Preston North End.

Goalkeeper Cody Cropper was sent off nine minutes from time for a challenge inside the area on North End’s Eoin Doyle and the front man took the gloves.

Joe Garner stepped up for the resultant spot-kick but, you guessed it, Revell kept it out and the Dons went on to earn a point in their fight for Sky Bet Championship survival.

.@MKDonsFC striker Alex Revell has saved a penalty!


— The Football League (@football_league) April 16, 2016
“I’d have preferred to have scored a goal and get the win, but it’s helped the team get a point, which I thought the second-half performance deserved,” Revell reflected to MK Dons Player HD.

“It’s something to go in the scrap book! I think we’re maybe disappointed that we didn’t go on to get all three points.

“I’ve always said i’d go in goal if anything happened like that. As a striker I like to take penalties. I just thought that was where he was going to go.

“You mess around in training sometimes and don’t get anywhere near the lads’ penalties but, in a different pressured environment, I got lucky, stuck out an arm and made the save.

“It’s nice to have as a memory but it would have been great to get a goal and to get the win, because I felt we deserved it.”

The 1-1 draw, played out with goals from Jermaine Beckford and Nicky Maynard, leaves the Dons nine points from safety in the Championship.

Revell will be back up front when MK travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, and the striker remains hopeful that they can avoid the drop.

“We just have to keep going,” he added. “We can’t use any sob stories, we have to keep grafting like we are doing and believe, like the manager does, that we’re all going to stay in this division.

“Until it’s physically impossible, we’ll keep going.”

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