League One
MK Dons1Bradford2

Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Bradford City

Billy Clarke
Clarke's goal took his side to fifth place in the table

Bradford climbed into the play-off places with a hard-earned victory over fellow high-flyers MK Dons.

Aaron McLean nodded in Billy Knott's cross on 23 minutes to give Bradford a lead, which they extended just two minutes later through Billy Clarke's well-struck effort from 20 yards.

Dean Lewington gave MK Dons hope before half-time after an error from keeper Jordan Pickford presented the chance.

The Dons pushed hard for an equaliser but struggled to create opportunities.

It was a frustrating night for the home side, who went into the match as League One's top scorers, and that sense of irritation saw MK Dons boss Karl Robinson sent to the stands midway through the second half after an altercation on the sidelines.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Robinson on MK Dons v Bradford

"I was shocked [to be sent off] as you could see. I have been told I manhandled the assistant referee. We'll just have to see what the report says.

"It's my fault today. The first 15 minutes was their fault, but for a five-minute period we were sloppy. In the second half I got it wrong. I made a change too soon. I got it massively wrong.

"'I tried to change it back, and then there was confusion and a lack of continuity. I stunted the flow of the game and I shouldn't do that as a manager. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 18BaldockBooked at 74minsSubstituted forHitchcockat 77'minutes
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 5McFadzean
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forAfobeat 53'minutes
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forBowditchat 62'minutes
  • 14Alli
  • 8PotterBooked at 83mins
  • 17Powell
  • 11Grigg

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 9Bowditch
  • 12Spence
  • 15Randall
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 23Afobe

Bradford

  • 1Pickford
  • 18Routis
  • 23McArdle
  • 2DarbyBooked at 40mins
  • 3Meredith
  • 8LiddleBooked at 17mins
  • 14YeatesBooked at 60mins
  • 17Kennedy
  • 11KnottSubstituted forMoraisat 74'minutes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forMcBurnieat 61'minutes
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forBennettat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19McBurnie
  • 20Morais
  • 22Urwin
  • 28Bennett
  • 32Wright
  • 33King
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
7,139

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home14
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 1, Bradford City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Bradford City 2.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Dean Bowditch.

Attempt missed. Darren Potter (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Christopher Routis.

Attempt blocked. Benik Afobe (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Oliver McBurnie.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Oliver McBurnie.

Foul by Antony Kay (MK Dons).

(Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Filipe Morais (Bradford City).

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Jason Kennedy (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Darren Potter (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Mason Bennett (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Gary Liddle.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mason Bennett replaces Billy Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Tom Hitchcock replaces George Baldock.

Attempt saved. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Filipe Morais replaces Billy Knott.

Booking

George Baldock (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

Oliver McBurnie (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Oliver McBurnie (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch replaces Ben Reeves.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Oliver McBurnie replaces Aaron McLean.

Booking

Mark Yeates (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Yeates (Bradford City).

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

Billy Knott (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Christopher Routis (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

William Grigg (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City86201541120
2Peterborough8512138516
3Chesterfield7421138514
4MK Dons74121510513
5Bradford84131210213
6Sheff Utd741297213
7Swindon7331128412
8Coventry8332109112
9Fleetwood732264211
10Gillingham83231112-111
11Rochdale8314159610
12Preston7241129310
13Oldham824299010
14Crawley8314410-610
15Notts County72327619
16Yeovil8233912-39
17Barnsley6222121118
18Doncaster722369-38
19Leyton Orient714267-17
20Walsall8143610-47
21Scunthorpe8215718-117
22Colchester8125913-45
23Port Vale8125815-75
24Crewe7115715-84
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