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Milton Keynes Dons 5-3 Northampton Town

Justin Edinburgh's first game in charge of Northampton ended in defeat as local rivals MK Dons won a thriller at Stadium MK.

Chuks Aneke bagged a brace for the hosts and Harvey Barnes scored on his MK debut in a result that saw the Dons leapfrog their opponents in the League One table as Robbie Neilson secured his second successive home league win.

The Dons took the lead in the 38th minute after Aneke's clever ball into the path of Kieran Agard allowed the 27-year-old to fire home his ninth goal of the season.

Neilson's side had a second little more than five minutes later, as Cobblers midfielder John-Joe O'Toole was judged to have handled the ball inside the box and Aneke stepped up to smash home the resulting spot-kick.

The Dons made it three soon after the half-time break, Aneke adding his second from the edge of the box before substitutive Gregg Wylde pulled one back for the Cobblers less than a minute after entering the action.

But the hosts restored their three-goal advantage thanks to Lewin Nyatanga's deflected own goal from Darren Potter's strike.

The Cobblers pulled one back again 12 minutes later through Marc Richards' powerful header from Matty Taylor's corner before the Dons again struck through debutant Barnes.

Edinburgh's side weren't done there as Richards slotted his second home from the spot.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1MartinSubstituted forNichollsat 69'minutes
  • 23Downing
  • 4Walsh
  • 3LewingtonBooked at 84mins
  • 2Baldock
  • 6UpsonBooked at 87mins
  • 8PotterBooked at 90mins
  • 12WilliamsBooked at 64mins
  • 14AgardSubstituted forMuirheadat 75'minutes
  • 28Maynard
  • 25AnekeBooked at 73minsSubstituted forBarnesat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Muirhead
  • 17Powell
  • 18Barnes
  • 19Nicholls
  • 20Rasulo
  • 21Brittain
  • 27Tshimanga

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 32Eardley
  • 5Diamond
  • 22NyatangaBooked at 73mins
  • 3Buchanan
  • 16BeautymanSubstituted forWyldeat 61'minutes
  • 8BoatengBooked at 84mins
  • 21O'Toole
  • 31TaylorBooked at 12mins
  • 10RevellSubstituted forAndersonat 23'minutes
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 7Anderson
  • 11Wylde
  • 12McCourt
  • 15Potter
  • 19Sonupe
  • 20Hanley
  • 26Cornell
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
12,300

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 5, Northampton Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 5, Northampton Town 3.

Robbie Muirhead (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Darren Potter (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George B Williams (MK Dons).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Smith.

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

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Booking

Ed Upson (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ed Upson (MK Dons).

Hiram Boateng (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Robbie Muirhead (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Hiram Boateng (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Hiram Boateng (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 5, Northampton Town 3. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Paul Downing (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Northampton Town. Keshi Anderson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Gregg Wylde (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 5, Northampton Town 2. Harvey Barnes (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Baldock.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Harvey Barnes replaces Chuks Aneke.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Robbie Muirhead replaces Kieran Agard.

Booking

Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lewin Nyatanga (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Northampton Town).

Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hiram Boateng (Northampton Town).

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

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 4, Northampton Town 2. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Taylor with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by George B Williams.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Darren Potter.

Attempt blocked. Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Lee Nicholls replaces David Martin because of an injury.

Delay in match David Martin (MK Dons) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd28176553322157
2Scunthorpe27167453262755
3Bolton26155635191650
4Fleetwood27137740291146
5Bradford281113434231146
6Rochdale27143104136545
7Southend2711973934542
8Peterborough2611874031941
9Millwall2711794240240
10Bristol Rovers28116114750-339
11Wimbledon2791083833537
12Oxford Utd27107103430437
13Walsall2791083335-237
14Charlton2681263326736
15Port Vale2688102939-1032
16MK Dons2687113437-331
17Gillingham2787123443-931
18Northampton2886143948-930
19Swindon2878132741-1429
20Shrewsbury2877142740-1328
21Bury2875164355-1226
22Chesterfield2875162845-1726
23Oldham26410121328-1522
24Coventry2749142339-1621
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