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Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Barnsley

Dele Alli
18-year-old Dele Alli has scored 12 goals in 24 league appearances for MK Dons

MK Dons moved within three points of League One leaders Swindon as they beat struggling Barnsley at Stadium MK.

Dean Bowditch had an early chance but his powerful shot was cleared off the line by Ryan Williams.

Barnsley dominated after the break but Jean-Yves M'voto cleared Carl Baker's cross straight to Dele Alli, who slotted into the bottom corner.

Will Grigg picked up Jordan Spence's cross and rounded the goalkeeper to secure a second successive win.

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Robinson on MK Dons v Barnsley

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We had a game plan today, we knew how difficult they would make the first half. You've got to be patient. We had a game plan in the second half, we knew we could do something special.

"We've got a big game in mind on Tuesday against Scunthorpe. We know they've not played today.

"We've got an awful lot of games coming up. I thought we were very dominant in the game. From a tactical perspective I was happy.

"If we want to be successful we need to make sure we've got the right attitude. If we can put in the same effort [as Cambridge in their 0-0 draw against Manchester United in the FA Cup], coupled with that ability we've got, I think we will be a very difficult team to break down and beat."

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Wilson on MK Dons v Barnsley

"Again, it's the first goal that changes the whole complexion of the game. Leading up to the goal it was arguably our best period of the game.

"In the first half I thought we dealt with everything fairly comfortably. We counter-attacked well at times, although we didn't make the most of those situations.

"In the second half we came out well, then there is one ball that is headed out of the box and we are not first to the ball and it goes into the bottom corner.

"That is the difference in the game and they obviously got their confidence up."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 17PowellSubstituted forColeat 65'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 14Alli
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 65'minutes
  • 13BakerSubstituted forGreenat 75'minutes
  • 11Grigg

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Green
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 22Carruthers
  • 23Clarke-Harris
  • 28Cole

Barnsley

  • 1Turnbull
  • 22Williams
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 15Mvoto
  • 20Smith
  • 42KiwomyaSubstituted forOatesat 70'minutes
  • 4BerrySubstituted forScowenat 79'minutes
  • 36PearsonBooked at 56mins
  • 8Hourihane
  • 37LalkovicSubstituted forPhenixat 82'minutes
  • 41Waring

Substitutes

  • 7Scowen
  • 12Davies
  • 14Digby
  • 16Ramage
  • 18Oates
  • 25Phenix
  • 33Lita
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
8,310

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 2, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 2, Barnsley 0.

Attempt missed. Danny Green (MK Dons) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high.

Foul by Dele Alli (MK Dons).

George Waring (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Devante Cole (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

Jonson Clarke-Harris (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

Attempt blocked. Danny Green (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Michael Phenix replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Attempt saved. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Josh Scowen replaces Luke Berry.

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

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Barnsley).

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (MK Dons).

Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Danny Green replaces Carl Baker.

Foul by Dele Alli (MK Dons).

Ben Pearson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Rhys Oates replaces Alex Kiwomya.

Attempt missed. George Waring (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by George Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Devante Cole replaces Daniel Powell.

Substitution

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

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 2, Barnsley 0. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Spence.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Kiwomya (Barnsley).

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by George Williams.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon26166452252754
2Bristol City25166348222654
3MK Dons25156453242951
4Preston26138540261447
5Rochdale251141045331237
6Fleetwood27107102726137
7Bradford2510693229336
8Sheff Utd2410683028236
9Chesterfield259883634235
10Notts County269893031-135
11Doncaster259882629-335
12Port Vale27105123338-535
13Peterborough26104123334-134
14Oldham2581073538-334
15Walsall268992628-233
16Gillingham2787123543-831
17Coventry2779112737-1030
18Barnsley2585123438-429
19Scunthorpe2385103239-729
20Crewe2685132544-1929
21Colchester2676133142-1127
22Leyton Orient2668123439-526
23Yeovil2767142139-1825
24Crawley2659122443-1924
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