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Coventry City 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Chris Stokes
Chris Stokes is on loan to the Sky Blues from Forest Green

Coventry won under interim managers Neil MacFarlane and Dave Hockaday with a shock success over MK Dons.

Chris Stokes' header and a slick finish from Dominic Samuel in the first 12 minutes gave the hosts early control.

The Dons dominated the second half but broke through only once when Daniel Powell converted Carl Baker's cross.

The Sky Blues climb out of the League One relegation zone while MK Dons stay second but slip eight points adrift of leaders Bristol City.

After back-to-back victories on their return to the Ricoh Arena in September, Coventry had won just one home league game in over five months prior to Steven Pressley's sacking last Monday.

Sky Blues joint caretaker manager Neil MacFarlane told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"It's a massive three points. We rode our luck and got the wee breaks at the right time that we've been craving.

"I'm really proud of the boys. It's been a tough week and all the staff mucked in just to get us that three points.

"Obviously with the manager leaving the last thing we want to see is this club get relegated. Hopefully that's a step in the right direction.

"When you haven't won at home for a number of months, this is the kind of game it takes to turn a corner."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Robinson on Coventry v MK Dons

"I'm so, so proud of my players and the fans. If we play like that every week we'll go up.

"Winners accept these games and we know what we have to do turn it around and keep performances to those levels.

"I'm so proud of the football club, I really am. I felt like a motivational speaker before the game. I said to them 'you woke Milton Keynes up chaps. Don't let them go back to sleep.'

"I don't think they'll go back to sleep after a performance like that. We've woken Milton Keynes up. Let's keep going."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1BurgeBooked at 87mins
  • 18PhillipsBooked at 90mins
  • 22Pennington
  • 21Martin
  • 30Stokes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forFinchat 80'minutes
  • 16Barton
  • 7Fleck
  • 8WilliamsSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutes
  • 14Samuel
  • 20TudgaySubstituted forProschwitzat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Proschwitz
  • 19Nouble
  • 25Turgott
  • 26Haynes
  • 27Finch
  • 33Charles-Cook
  • 37Thomas

MK Dons

  • 16McLoughlin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 86mins
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 22CarruthersBooked at 37minsSubstituted forBakerat 70'minutes
  • 17Powell
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forWilliamsat 64'minutes
  • 13Baker
  • 28ColeSubstituted forGriggat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Green
  • 11Grigg
  • 21Andrews
  • 29Burns
  • 34Baker
  • 35Williams
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
9,934

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home4
Away23
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away12
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 2, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

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

Booking

Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

George Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Phillips (Coventry City).

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

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Lee Burge (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Booking

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

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Nick Proschwitz (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lewis Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Barton.

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Coventry City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jack Finch replaces Jim O'Brien.

Attempt blocked. George Williams (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

George Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Antony Kay (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Lewis Baker replaces Samir Carruthers because of an injury.

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

Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry City).

William Grigg (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Coventry City).

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

Attempt missed. Antony Kay (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

Attempt blocked. George Williams (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George Williams replaces Ben Reeves.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. William Grigg replaces Devante Cole.

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by John Fleck.

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City33217562303270
2MK Dons33188767333462
3Preston32188651282362
4Swindon33187859352461
5Sheff Utd3215894637953
6Doncaster33139114140148
7Chesterfield33129124744345
8Bradford32129114138345
9Port Vale33136144245-345
10Peterborough33135154043-344
11Fleetwood33128133236-444
12Barnsley33135154348-544
13Oldham321110114148-743
14Gillingham33119134650-442
15Rochdale31125145243941
16Walsall331011123336-341
17Scunthorpe32118134448-441
18Crewe33116163255-2339
19Notts County32108143340-738
20Coventry32812123444-1036
21Leyton Orient3298154348-535
22Colchester3397173955-1634
23Crawley33810153557-2234
24Yeovil3379172648-2230
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