League One
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Milton Keynes Dons 0-3 Walsall

Tom Bradshaw

Tom Bradshaw bagged a second-half brace for Walsall as MK Dons suffered their first league defeat in 13 matches.

The visitors were ahead inside four minutes courtesy of a Darren Potter own goal after Andy Taylor's free-kick took a touch off the MK Dons midfielder.

A second defensive error, this time a weak back header from Potter, allowed Bradshaw in to double Walsall's lead.

Saddlers top scorer Bradshaw then followed up a rebound to add a late third goal - his 14th of the season.

MK Dons, who had not lost since their 3-2 defeat at league leaders Bristol City on 27 September, slip to fourth in the League One table.

Walsall, beaten 4-1 at home by Swindon Town on Boxing Day, climb back up to 12th, within three points of the play-off places.

MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson on Walsall loss

"I'm disappointed like anybody, as both a fan and a manager. We weren't at the races and weren't at our fluent best. I didn't see that zip or spark we've had in the last 12 games. But we'll come back stronger.

"In 13 games, to have one defeat, the players have been magnificent. I'm not going to criticise them because they've played badly once in 13. I'm just as proud of them today as I have been the last 12.

"And, when you look at the first two goals, it was a wicked deflection off Darren Potter and an individual error by him which he's owned up for, so when you look at margins in a football match there wasn't a lot between us."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1MartinBooked at 62mins
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 13BakerSubstituted forGreenat 68'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 14Alli
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forPowellat 68'minutes
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forAfobeat 55'minutes
  • 11Grigg

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 7Green
  • 15Randall
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 17Powell
  • 18Baldock
  • 23Afobe

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 27FordeSubstituted forBenningat 76'minutes
  • 12Cain
  • 7Chambers
  • 21CookSubstituted forBaxendaleat 85'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMansetat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 37Manset
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
9,311

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 0, Walsall 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Walsall 3.

Foul by Danny Green (MK Dons).

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mathieu Manset (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by James Chambers.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Danny Green (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Danny Green (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Jordan Cook.

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Antony Kay.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 0, Walsall 3. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Malvind Benning replaces Anthony Forde.

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Darren Potter (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Samir Carruthers.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Danny Green replaces Carl Baker.

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Hand ball by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

Booking

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 0, Walsall 2. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

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

Attempt missed. Jordan Cook (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

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

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Benik Afobe replaces Dean Bowditch.

Attempt saved. Dele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City23146342222048
2Swindon23145444222247
3Preston23136436211545
4MK Dons22135448222644
5Bradford2310673126536
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Chesterfield238873231132
8Rochdale2394103931831
9Notts County228772724331
10Peterborough2394103029131
11Fleetwood238692322130
12Walsall237972322130
13Oldham227962933-430
14Doncaster228682327-430
15Port Vale2385102932-329
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Coventry236892431-726
18Scunthorpe217592836-826
19Gillingham2367102735-825
20Crawley2358102136-1523
21Crewe2365122041-2123
22Leyton Orient2257102934-522
23Colchester2356122740-1321
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
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