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Rotherham United 1-4 Milton Keynes Dons

Dean Bowditch
Dean Bowditch celebrates after scoring MK Dons' third goal at Rotherham

MK Dons celebrated their first-ever game in the Championship in style with a 4-1 win over Rotherham United.

Rob Hall gave Karl Robinson's side a dream start as he scored from close range inside the first five minutes.

Matt Derbyshire equalised soon after, but the Dons were 3-1 up at the break after a deflected goal for Jordan Spence and one for Dean Bowditch.

Carl Baker completed the rout as his powerful second-half shot beat Kelle Roos at his near post.

The victory extended MK Dons' unbeaten run in the opening league fixture to seven seasons - they last lost their first league game in 2008 when they were beaten 2-0 at Leicester City.

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Hall tapped in from a yard out after Roos palmed out Bowditch's ball from the left.

But their lead only last seven minutes as Derbyshire headed in Chris Maguire's corner at the near post.

Derbyshire was in the thick of the action as he then went close with another header before having a shot parried onto the bar by David Martin, with Aidy White missing the rebound.

But the Dons then took command as Spence's cross took a deflection and wrong-footed Millers goalkeeper Kelle Roos before Bowditch turned in Ben Reeves' cross seven minutes later.

Paul Green and Tom Thorpe missed headers in the second half as Rotherham got back into it before Baker blasted his shot into the top corner after a great solo run.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "If you don't defend right and take chances at key stages of the match it's always going to be tough.

"There's no excuse. The defending wasn't good enough. I'm not coming out to make excuses. We'll take it bang in the face and get on with our football.

"There has been no shouting and bawling in the dressing room. It's just been a lesson learned."

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson on Rotherham win

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson: "We were really humbled by the players' performance today.

"To be at this level makes us very proud and we put an assured performance in. I don't think I could ask for anything more from the players.

"Internally we are very, very confident. To be tipped to go down and finish 24th is tremendous motivation for us. For the first day of the season it is excellent, but we cannot get carried away in August."

Rotherham's Lee Frecklington is challenged by Sam Carruthers
Rotherham's Lee Frecklington is challenged by Sam Carruthers
MK Dons goalscorer Dean Bowditch is challenged by Rotherham United's Chris Maguire
MK Dons goalscorer Dean Bowditch is challenged by Rotherham United's Chris Maguire
Carl Baker is congratulated
Carl Baker is congratulated by his teammates after scoring MK Dons' fourth

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Roos
  • 15Halford
  • 23Thorpe
  • 4Collins
  • 22Newell
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forBoweryat 73'minutes
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 90mins
  • 17WardSubstituted forFrecklingtonat 45'minutes
  • 14WhiteSubstituted forGreenat 45'minutes
  • 9Ward
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 8Frecklington
  • 10Ledesma
  • 11Green
  • 16Richardson
  • 18Bowery
  • 21Collin

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12SpenceBooked at 31mins
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 43mins
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 14Carruthers
  • 38HallSubstituted forBakerat 69'minutes
  • 10ReevesBooked at 63mins
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forPowellat 69'minutes
  • 13GallagherSubstituted forChurchat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Baker
  • 11Church
  • 16Walsh
  • 17Powell
  • 18Aguza
  • 22Cropper
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
9,869

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, MK Dons 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, MK Dons 4.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Bowery with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Offside, MK Dons. Samir Carruthers tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

Booking

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, MK Dons. Carl Baker tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

Offside, Rotherham United. Lee Frecklington tries a through ball, but Paul Green is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) because of an injury.

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

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Greg Halford (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Simon Church replaces Sam Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, MK Dons 4. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Chris Maguire.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (MK Dons).

Danny Collins (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Carl Baker replaces Robert Hall.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Dean Bowditch.

Attempt saved. Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Halford.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Attempt missed. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Robert Hall with a cross.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Booking

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Frecklington with a cross.

Attempt saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Foul by Robert Hall (MK Dons).

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons11004133
2Charlton11002023
3Hull11002023
4Sheff Wed11002023
5Birmingham11002113
6Wolves11002113
7Brighton11001013
8Brentford10102201
9Ipswich10102201
10Burnley10101101
11Cardiff10101101
12Fulham10101101
13Leeds10101101
14Bolton10100001
15Derby10100001
16Middlesbrough00000000
17Preston00000000
18Blackburn100112-10
19Reading100112-10
20Nottm Forest100101-10
21Bristol City100102-20
22Huddersfield100102-20
23QPR100102-20
24Rotherham100114-30
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