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  1. Late goals from Bent and Ince gave Derby victory
  2. Murphy cancelled out Johnson's opener
  3. MK Dons lose fifth league game in a row

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By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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FT: MK Dons 1-3 Derby

Tom Ince

Victory is a real smash-and-grab by Paul Clement's Derby side. MK Dons had numerous chances, but the Rams showed their Championship experience by showing a finishing touch when it really mattered.

Derby are into the play-off places ahead of the 15:00 BST kick-offs, while MK Dons remain 20th in the table.

To relive the win Derby fans, you can read Gary Smee's finely-crafted report here.

That's all from us, but you can follow the rest of Saturday's action, and reaction to Tottenham's victory over Manchester City, via this link.

Ta ra.

FT: MK Dons 1-3 Derby

Match reaction

Derby County forward Thomas Ince told Sky Sports: "We know today wasn't good enough, but sometimes you take the three points and move on."

FULL-TIME MK Dons 1-3 Derby

Goodness me, those were a frenetic final 10 minutes, but after being on the back foot for most of the game, Derby have won their third game in four matches.

Meanwhile for MK Dons it's a sixth defeat in a row in all competitions. The Dons had the chances but they need to find a clinical touch if they are to avoid trouble.

GOAL MK Dons 1-3 Derby (Ince)

It's all over. MK Dons' last man back Diego Poyet dallies on the ball, allowing Thomas Ince to nip ahead of him, run on goal and finish with aplomb.

What an end to the game!

MK Dons 1-2 Derby

MK Dons could not have come closer to an equaliser there, and it comes from a terrible mistake from Scott Carson. The Derby goalkeeper flaps at a corner and punches the ball towards his own goal, but he will be grateful to see Andreas Weimann on the line to clear.


MK Dons 1-2 Derby

Thomas Ince has the ball in the back of the net, but the referee brings it back for a foul in the build up. The intensity of these final few minutes is incredible.

MK Dons 1-2 Derby

We have five minutes of added time here, and MK Dons almost make it count when Kyle McFadzean does well to get above everyone from Diego Poyet's free-kick, but can't get his header on target.

GOAL MK Dons 1-2 Derby (Bent)

Derby show their class here with a thoroughly well-worked goal to break the hearts of MK Dons.

Jeff Hendrick threads a delightful pass through to Thomas Ince, who is not picked up by Dons players and has all the time in the world to fire across goal to allow Darren Bent to slot home the most simple of tap ins.

MK Dons 1-1 Derby

A rare foray forward by MK Dons allows Jake Forster-Caskey to have a crack at goal, but his strike from distance flies way over the bar.

MK Dons 1-1 Derby

Derby are probing and pressing but just can't seem to find a killer ball through. MK Dons are doing very well to keep the ball away from the danger zones.

MK Dons 1-1 Derby

After Bradley Johnson crosses dangerously into the area and the ball is headed away, MK Dons decide it's time to make a change, bringing on Dean Bowditch for Carl Baker.


My word, that was a stonking effort from Derby's Johnny Russell. The Scotland international absolutely smashes the ball from the edge of the area, but it cannons off the bar and away to safety.

Derby are very much on top at the moment.


Ben Reeves, who has thoroughly impressed in the midfield for MK Dons today, is replaced for the final furlong of this match by Rob Hall.

Meanwhile, Paul Clement brings off Chris Martin, who only really had one sight of goal, for ex-England forward Darren Bent. We all know the danger he can cause.


Derby forward Thomas Ince is now in the book after a tussle with Diego Poyet. Their fathers Paul and Gus would have had a nice tasty battle in their playing days, wouldn't they?

MK Dons 1-1 Derby

The game is swinging this way and that, and Derby left-back Stephen Warnock, the creator of Bradley Johnson's goal, plays in a teasing low cross, but no Rams player can pounce on it.

Hard to see which way this game will go.

MK Dons 1-1 Derby

This game is wide open now as Derby forward Tom Ince curls just wide after excellent work from Chris Martin.


Josh Murphy is in the book for diving. Nicky Maynard's strike is blocked allowing Murphy and Scott Carson to chase for the ball, but the winger went over a little to easily according to the referee.


Both sides make a change. Nicky Maynard comes on for his MK league debut Simon Church for MK Dons while Derby bring on Jeff Hendrick for Chris Baird.

Simon Church


MK Dons are banging on that door now but Scott Carson produces another wonderful save to push Dean Lewington's back-post header onto the post.

Had it not been for Carson, MK Dons could be out of sight in this match.

MK Dons 1-1 Derby

What a let off for Derby! A mix-up between Stephen Warnock and Jason Shackell allows Simon Church a free run into the area on the right-hand side, but his cross misses both MK Dons players, who would have had a simple tap into the net. He really should have done much better with that.


The confidence is pulsating through MK Dons after that goal, and Carl Baker goes close with a long-range effort.

In response, Paul Clement brings on Andreas Weimann for Jacob Butterfield in an attacking move.

GOAL MK Dons 1-1 Derby (Murphy)

MK Dons are back in this match and it comes through winger Josh Murphy. Debutant Jake Forster-Caskey plays out wide to Simon Church - the Wales international finds Murphy in the area and, after sorting out his feet, he slots home past Scott Carson.


Easy decision for referee Chris Kavanagh to put Cyrus Christie in the book for a blatant shove on Josh Murphy. The second Derby player in the book.

MK Dons 0-1 Derby

You have to say MK Dons do not deserve to be a goal down in this match, but they have been very profligate with their chances and a clinical finish from Bradley Johnson has put them behind.

Johnson scored 15 goals for Norwich in his side's promotion season last term, and Derby will be hoping that goal will kickstart a similar goalscoring run in a Rams shirt.

GOAL MK Dons 0-1 (Johnson)

Bradley Johnson has his first goal for Derby after a club-record move from Norwich in the summer. Stephen Warnock rampages down the left-hand side for the Rams and plays a low cross. Johnson is running onto it and, on the edge of the box, slots into the bottom corner beyond David Martin.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

All the MK Dons play seems to be coming through Ben Reeves, who goes over under pressure from Jason Shackell in the area. The referee shakes his head. It would have been a very soft one to give - Shackell just outmuscled him.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

Lovely interchanges between the MK Dons players, as Ben Reeves lays off Josh Murphy, but once more the Derby defenders stand strong to the winger's strike.

MK do not look like a team that have lost their last five games in all competitions.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

First half opening of the second half as Simon Church plays in Ben Reeves, but the ball is just in front of the MK Dons midfielder and Rams' defenders can clear their lines.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

Carl Baker

The players have had their half-time oranges and are back out. MK Dons get us back underway.

For everyone's sake, can we have a goal please?

HT: MK Dons 0-0 Derby

MK Dons had 16 shots in that first half compared to Derby's four, but we remain goalless.

Someone needs to find a bit of magic in the second half or the Rams may be facing a sixth draw of the season.

Who's going to provide that spark?


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MK Dons 0-0 Derby

So what do you make of that first half then? Seen enough of MK Dons to think they can hold their own in the second tier? Or have Derby not lived up to expectations yet?

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HALF-TIME: MK Dons 0-0 Derby

And there goes the half-time whistle. No goals yet, but struggling MK Dons shaded the first period against a side desperate for promotion.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

Scott Carson Info

Although Derby have been brighter in the last 10 minutes, they still have this man to thank for keeping them in the game.

His point-blank save in the 22nd minute from Simon Church remains the best chance of the match so far.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

Even with that Ince chance, MK Dons do not look like a side who let in six on Wednesday against Southampton in the Capital One Cup.

Karl Robinson will certainly be happy with his side's performance so far, but will their missed chances come back to haunt them?

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

Tom Ince has come ever so close to giving Derby the lead. The England Under-21 international is put through on goal, but on his less-favoured right foot lofts the ball just over the bar when one-on-one with the keeper.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

At the other end, Ben Reeves' powerful left-foot strike is blocked by Derby defender Richard Keogh. Reeves had a man over to his left who he could have picked out though.

From the resulting corner Dean Lewington hits the side netting.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

I say that, but Derby midfielder Jacob Butterfield has a strike blocked by a diving Kyle McFadzean.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

Derby don't look like creating too much at the moment. Most of the creativity seems to be coming down the right from defender Cyrus Christie, but when he breaks down the right he struggles for support and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.

At the moment this doesn't look great for Derby.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

Scott Carson is again needed once more in the Derby goal as Simon Church, who is causing all sorts of problems, looks to get on the end of Dean Lewington's dangerous cross across the six-yard box, but Carson grabs hold of the low delivery.

MK Dons 0-0 Derby

MK Dons try something a little bit different from a corner as the ball is played out to Ben Reeves outside the box, but his shot is charged down and no MK Dons player can turn it towards goal.

The hosts are certainly on top though, as shown below...