League One
MK Dons1Sheff Utd0

Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Sheffield United

Carl Baker
Carl Baker's strike was his fifth goal of the season in all competitions

Carl Baker's second-half strike saw Milton Keynes Dons defeat promotion rivals Sheffield United.

Baker fired a left-footed shot wide early on before hitting a fierce shot which was well saved by Blades keeper Mark Howard just before the break.

The winger eventually broke the deadlock, drilling home after Will Grigg had held the ball up well.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce had the best chance for the visitors, latching onto a long clearance, but David Martin saved.

The result ended a run of three games without a win in all competitions for Karl Robinson's side, who are now six points behind second-placed Bristol City.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United dropped out of the play-off places following Rochdale's win over Crawley.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson on Sheffield United win

"Sometimes when you play against good teams, it's not going to be that open and entertaining, which the fans that pay the admission fee expect it to be.

"I think the players deserve tremendous credit. I thought it was a very evenly fought game, but when their chance game along they didn't take it, but when ours came along we took it.

"There was one ricochet, Griggy did wonderfully to get his foot on it and Baker, breaking from deep, it was an unerring finish from him.

"We see that every day in training, so we expect him to hit the target when he gets in those areas."

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Nigel Clough: Sheffield United manager on MK Dons defeat

"We've played them three times now this season and there's been absolutely nothing in the game.

"Somebody puts a chance in, somebody doesn't and that's it.

"There have been very few chances in the three games we've played, that's why the odd goal here or there has been enough to win it.

"Mark Howard has had three shots (to save) in the two games and somehow we've lost both games."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12SpenceBooked at 90mins
  • 6Kay
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 77mins
  • 3Lewington
  • 13BakerBooked at 90mins
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forRandallat 86'minutes
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forBaldockat 90'minutes
  • 14Alli
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 65'minutes
  • 11Grigg

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Green
  • 15Randall
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 23Clarke-Harris

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 2AlcockSubstituted forAdamsat 83'minutes
  • 27Kennedy
  • 19McEveley
  • 3HarrisBooked at 45mins
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 8Doyle
  • 10ScougallSubstituted forReedat 45'minutes
  • 11BaxterBooked at 40mins
  • 9Murphy
  • 12McNultySubstituted forHigdonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17McGahey
  • 21Higdon
  • 22Reed
  • 25Long
  • 28Dimaio
  • 29Adams
  • 33Wallace
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
9,633

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 1, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Sheffield United 0.

Booking

Carl Baker (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Michael Higdon (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Ben Reeves.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Mark Randall replaces Samir Carruthers.

Attempt blocked. Antony Kay (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Higdon (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

Che Adams (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Che Adams replaces Craig Alcock.

Foul by Jay McEveley (Sheffield United).

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

Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

Craig Alcock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Carl Baker.

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Carl Baker (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Alcock (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 1, Sheffield United 0. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by William Grigg.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Dean Bowditch.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Michael Higdon replaces Marc McNulty.

Dele Alli (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon26166452252754
2Bristol City25166348222654
3MK Dons24146451242748
4Preston25137539251446
5Rochdale251141045331237
6Bradford2510693229336
7Sheff Utd2410683028236
8Chesterfield259883634235
9Port Vale26105113337-435
10Notts County249782929034
11Fleetwood2697102626034
12Oldham2481063335-234
13Doncaster249782629-334
14Walsall268992628-233
15Peterborough2594123133-231
16Barnsley2485113436-229
17Scunthorpe2385103239-729
18Coventry2678112737-1029
19Gillingham2677123241-928
20Leyton Orient2568113437-326
21Crewe2575132444-2026
22Colchester2566132942-1324
23Crawley2559112442-1824
24Yeovil2565142038-1823
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