Conor Coventry and MK Dons kept up their push for automatic promotion from the EFL League One, with the midfielder one of four Hammers on loan in action over the weekend.
The Republic of Ireland U21 captain played his part in a hard-fought 1-0 win at Cambridge United on Saturday, with Liam Manning’s side scoring the decisive goal on the hour mark when the U didn’t managed to handle a long throw and defenseman Warren O’ Hora stabbed home.
Before that, however, Coventry showed heroism to keep the ball out of the Dons’ net, pulling off a spectacular clearance on the overhead goal line within the opening ten minutes.
The odds came and went for both sides, with Coventry once again helping MK Dons dominate the ball, recording 59 per cent possession on the way to extending their side’s unbeaten streak to 12 games, equaling a club record 11 away games unbeaten.
As a result, Dons moved within four points of top Rotherham United, with both teams still having seven games to play. Between them is Wigan Athletic, one point behind Millers with two games less for both teams.
Coventry will now go on international duty – alongside Football Academy team-mate Mipo Odubeko – as the Boys in Green continue their campaign to qualify for the 2023 UEFA European U21 Championships in Georgia and Romania with a vital game in Sweden.
Elsewhere in League One, Nathan Holland came off the bench for the final five minutes of Oxford United’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town – helping his side win a last-minute equaliser.
In a game with few chances, the U were still trailing in added time to Bersant Celina’s clean strike for the Tractor Boys midway through the second half.
Holland came off the bench as manager Karl Robinson sought inspiration for the closing stages, and was on the pitch when Luke McNally rose tall to plant a header into the top corner from a kick frank in the 95th minute.
Oxford fell to fifth place following the draw but remain crucial three points in the play-off places with seven games to go – and with a strong goal difference to boot.