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MK Dons 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton match-winner Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed scored two second-half goals to give Brighton victory at MK Dons

MK Dons missed an injury-time penalty as they were beaten by Brighton, who climbed to second in the table.

Two goals in six minutes by substitute Tomer Hemed looked to have sealed the points for Brighton before Anthony Kay headed one back for the home side.

The hosts had defender Kyle McFadzean sent off before an injury-time handball gifted them a chance for a point.

Midfielder Carl Baker sent his spot-kick went wide, and the Dons drop into the bottom three.

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Robinson on MK Dons v Brighton

The Dons started brightly but ran out of steam before half-time, after which the visitors - who moved four points behind leaders Burnley - took control.

Within minutes of coming on for former Dons favourite Sam Baldock, Hemed had the ball in the net twice in quick succession - first from the penalty spot and the second a free header.

Kay gave his side hope, but having been booked for an altercation after that goal, McFadzean then received a straight red after elbowing Hemed, seemingly ending any chance of a comeback.

Baker's late failure from the spot cost the Dons a draw and saw them slip below Rotherham, who won at Ipswich.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson: "I thought we were very good - our energy and desire against one of the best teams in the division was there for all to see.

"They've won the lottery here today, but I've got so much respect for them but for us to be missing so many players and still compete was pleasing.

"We've got to get out of the position we're in, it's as simple as that.

"But there's a tremendous sense of pride for everyone leaving the stadium today, because we've pushed them all the way and they've given all they can."

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Calderwood on MK Dons v Brighton

Brighton assistant manager Colin Calderwood: "Fortunately for us Hemed has come on and has had a terrific impact on the game. Obviously his goal tally for us speaks for itself, it's increasing and that's good for us because it becomes a good focal point.

"But we can't forget the impact Sam Baldock has had on the team too because he is the catalyst for a lot of what we do.

"Of course we are going to argue about the decision for the penalty kick too, because none of the boys inside think it was a penalty - it's actually hit one of our lads in the face.

"But at least it ended up nice for us and it was perhaps and little bit too exciting from our point of view."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 22Cropper
  • 21Baldock
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 71mins
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forBakerat 76'minutes
  • 17PowellSubstituted forSpenceat 76'minutes
  • 38HallSubstituted forRevellat 61'minutes
  • 31Murphy
  • 28Maynard

Substitutes

  • 7Baker
  • 9Bowditch
  • 12Spence
  • 13Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 18Revell
  • 24Tilney
  • 29Burns

Brighton

  • 13StockdaleBooked at 70mins
  • 2BrunoBooked at 69mins
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 23RoseniorBooked at 90mins
  • 38SkalakBooked at 29minsSubstituted forSidwellat 77'minutes
  • 7KayalBooked at 82mins
  • 6StephensBooked at 61mins
  • 15Murphy
  • 21WilsonSubstituted forLua Luaat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forHemedat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 3Greer
  • 10Hemed
  • 12Bong
  • 27Knockaert
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 36Sidwell
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
21,345

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Dean Lewington with a cross.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Rosenior tries a through ball, but Kazenga Lua Lua is caught offside.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Foul by Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Carl Baker should be disappointed.

Booking

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal tries a through ball, but Tomer Hemed is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Booking

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces James Wilson because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Jiri Skalak because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Carl Baker replaces Jonathan Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Jordan Spence replaces Daniel Powell.

Delay in match James Wilson (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

James Wilson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

Dismissal

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Booking

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

Booking

David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Antony Kay (MK Dons) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Josh Murphy with a cross following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton381914552351771
3Middlesbrough37217948232570
4Hull37199950232766
5Derby381713851351664
6Sheff Wed381614856362062
7Cardiff38151494941859
8Ipswich381610124644258
9Birmingham371511114135656
10Preston381314113635153
11QPR381215114743451
12Wolves381212144651-548
13Leeds371114123745-847
14Blackburn381113143736146
15Nottm Forest381113143436-246
16Huddersfield38129175253-145
17Reading371112144243-145
18Brentford37127184859-1143
19Bristol City381110174058-1843
20Rotherham38116214462-1839
21Fulham38814165764-738
22MK Dons38910193251-1937
23Charlton38711203469-3532
24Bolton38414203668-3226
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