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MK Dons 0-2 Preston North End

Joe Garner
Joe Garner scored his 15th goal of the season in the second half

Joe Garner consigned MK Dons to their fifth defeat in seven games as Preston easily beat their promotion rivals.

Kyle McFadzean's long-range effort for the Dons was saved at full stretch by Sam Johnstone in a sedate first half.

Preston seized the initiative after the break as Callum Robinson powered through the home defence and drove the ball past a diving Ian McLoughlin.

Poor defending then allowed Garner to head home his 15th goal of the season from Paul Gallagher's cross.

The win kept Preston in second place, 10 points behind leaders Bristol City, while the Dons slipped a place to fourth.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought the first half was very even, you might even say we had the best two chances of the half, but the second half was men amongst boys.

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Robinson on MK Dons v Preston

"It's obvious for me to talk about people not being fit, but ultimately the ones who have been waiting all season for the opportunity haven't performed today. They've hidden if anything.

"For us to be dominated like we were at home is as bad as I've seen for a long, long time here."

"If we'd have won today we'd have forgotten about how poor we've played over the last few weeks. I've taken responsibility for large parts of that but at certain stages the players have to take responsibility for their own performances and not me."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 16McLoughlin
  • 12SpenceBooked at 79minsSubstituted forGreenat 81'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 23Walsh
  • 13Baker
  • 8PotterBooked at 77mins
  • 22Carruthers
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forPowellat 62'minutes
  • 11Grigg
  • 28ColeSubstituted forReevesat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 7Green
  • 10Reeves
  • 17Powell
  • 21Andrews
  • 29Burns
  • 34Baker

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 5Clarke
  • 6WrightBooked at 90mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 3LairdBooked at 90mins
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forBeckfordat 86'minutes
  • 24Johnson
  • 19Welsh
  • 27RobinsonSubstituted forWoodsat 90'minutes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forDaviesat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 10Beckford
  • 15Woods
  • 17Reid
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 40Ebanks-Blake
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
10,618

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 2.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Scott Laird (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

Carl Baker (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Calum Woods replaces Callum Robinson.

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

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Chris Humphrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Joe Garner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Clarke (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Danny Green replaces Jordan Spence.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

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

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antony Kay (MK Dons).

Booking

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

Hand ball by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Hand ball by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Reeves replaces Devante Cole.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 0, Preston North End 2. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City35237567323576
2Preston34199655302566
3Swindon35197962382464
4MK Dons35188968373162
5Sheff Utd34158114841753
6Doncaster351311114443150
7Barnsley35155154748-150
8Peterborough35155154344-150
9Chesterfield34139124945448
10Bradford33139114238448
11Port Vale35146154548-348
12Fleetwood35139133639-348
13Rochdale331451458441447
14Gillingham351210135051-146
15Oldham341210124350-746
16Walsall351111133439-544
17Scunthorpe34119144652-642
18Crewe35126173459-2542
19Notts County34118153443-941
20Coventry34812143648-1236
21Leyton Orient3498174452-835
22Colchester3597194058-1834
23Crawley35810173660-2434
24Yeovil3589182850-2233
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