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Milton Keynes Dons 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

Ben Reeves
Ben Reeves had not scored a goal for MK Dons since March

MK Dons won in the Championship for the first time since the middle of August as they beat 10-man Blackburn Rovers at Stadium MK.

Rovers' Adam Henley was sent off after bringing down Josh Murphy in the box when through on goal, with Ben Reeves converting the resulting penalty.

Simon Church doubled the lead with a close-range header from Murphy's cross.

Reeves sealed the win as he scored in the final minutes after some great inter-play between the Dons forwards.

The result sees Karl Robinson's side move three points clear of the relegation zone and end a run of seven league games without a win.

The home side took command after seeing Blackburn lose a man after nine minutes, when the impressive winger Murphy was brought down by Henley inside the box, and the right-back was sent off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.

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Reeves sent Jason Steele the wrong way from the spot as the Dons took the lead in a game for the first time since they beat Bolton 1-0 on 18 August.

Jordan Rhodes had Blackburn's only decent chance with 30 minutes to go, but his volley was superbly saved by David Martin.

Church made the points safe as he headed in Murphy's excellent cross, before Reeves rounded off MK Dons' biggest-ever win in the second tier of English football after great passing move between Carl Baker, Nicky Maynard and Jake Forster-Caskey.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson:

"I had a go at Churchy at half-time because of the chance he missed in the first half. But then he scored after that and he deserves it because he works so hard in training every week, and that's why I back him because I know there are goals in him somewhere.

"I thought the players were excellent and the way we started the game made it really difficult for Blackburn in the first 10 minutes.

"We were under no illusions today about how difficult this was going to be and I think my players conducted themselves really well from the first minute to the last."

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer:

"I think in any game when you get a player sent off so early it will always affect the outcome of the game.

"What you ask for, though, is that the decision is correct - the referee sprinted to give the decision. Was the contact in the penalty box? Was it a foul in the first place? These are all questions that the referee has to be completely clear in his head.

"We have to bounce back now on Wednesday against Derby County and we have to regroup and look after everybody."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 44Forster-Caskey
  • 39PoyetBooked at 25mins
  • 38HallBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBakerat 63'minutes
  • 10Reeves
  • 31MurphySubstituted forCarruthersat 86'minutes
  • 11ChurchSubstituted forMaynardat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Baker
  • 13Gallagher
  • 14Carruthers
  • 17Powell
  • 28Maynard
  • 29Burns

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 2HenleyBooked at 10mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Duffy
  • 14OlssonSubstituted forSpurrat 86'minutes
  • 10MarshallBooked at 90mins
  • 21AkpanBooked at 39minsSubstituted forDelfounesoat 68'minutes
  • 29EvansSubstituted forWilliamsonat 68'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 16Lawrence
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 17Williamson
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 19Taylor
  • 33Raya
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
11,548

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Booking

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Blackburn Rovers 0. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey following a corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Carruthers.

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Reeves.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Samir Carruthers replaces Josh Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr replaces Markus Olsson.

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Spence.

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Reeves.

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Lewington with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Simon Church.

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

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Reeves following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Simon Church (MK Dons) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Murphy with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Hope Akpan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Corry Evans.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

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

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Carl Baker replaces Robert Hall.

Robert Hall (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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2Reading116321771021
3Middlesbrough116321771021
4Birmingham116321811721
5Burnley116321611521
6Hull11542148619
7Derby10451127517
8Cardiff114521411317
9Sheff Wed114431615116
10Ipswich114431517-216
11Wolves104331511415
12QPR114341922-315
13Fulham113441716113
14Nottm Forest11335912-312
15Blackburn112541213-111
16MK Dons113261214-211
17Huddersfield112541014-411
18Leeds112541015-511
19Brentford113261420-611
20Charlton112451115-410
21Bristol City112451420-610
22Preston11155713-68
23Rotherham112271321-88
24Bolton11155918-98
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