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Summary

  1. Pitman heads only goal for visitors
  2. Dons outside bottom three on goal difference
  3. Ipswich into play-off places

Live Reporting

By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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FT: MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Right, that's your lot from the early Championship game.

Ipswich got the early goal through Brett Pitman and ground out the type of victory you need to be close to the top of the table come the end of the season.

But for MK Dons it's five without a victory and they stay 20th in the table ahead of the 15:00 GMT kick-offs.

You can read Phil Cartwright's report of Ipswich's victory at MK Dons, while you can follow the rest of Saturday's football action in our live text commentary here.

FT: MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

FULL TIME: MK Dons 0-1 Town. Get in there! #itfc

The Tractor Boys should be happy - they're into the Championship's top six with their 1-0 win.

FT: MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was clearly not happy with the referee at the end of the game, probably because of the lack of added time, as he waited around at the end of the game for the officials to head to the tunnel so he could have words with Gavin Ward.

FT: MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Ipswich midfielder Cole Skuse told Sky Sports: "It was a massive win for us. We dug in very deep, the back four were outstanding. Jonas Knudsen demonstrated that at the end. 

"We've gone under the radar a little bit, we had a great season last season and are keeping ourselves in the mix."

FULL-TIME

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

A contested drop-ball was the last action of the match, and Karl Robinson is not happy at the final whistle as his side are without a win in five.

But Ipswich have held out for their fourth win in six games.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Rob Hall absolutely smashes the ball right in the face of Jonas Knudsen after the MK Dons winger turned Jonathan Douglas inside out and the ref stops play, much to the frustration of the hosts.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

The ball is aimed in at Martin but he can't connect to it and Ipswich frantically clear, but the ball isn't dead yet as MK Dons keep coming.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Dean Lewington tries to squeeze in Daniel Powell but an Ipswich toe gets it out for a corner and goalkeeper David Martin goes forward!!!

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

We're into four minutes of added time here. Can MK Dons salvage anything or will Ipswich hold out for their fourth win in six?

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

The chances are coming thick and fast now as MK winger Rob Hall cuts inside on his left and forces Dean Gerken into a smart save.

Ipswich clear and win a throw in in the opposition half to slow the game down.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

David McGoldrick sets up Cole Skuse for an Ipswich chance, but the midfielder shows us why he has only scored once for Town with a poor effort.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Nicky Maynard receives the ball on the edge of the area for MK Dons, but the ref adjudges him to have fouled Luke Chambers. That looked rather soft.

Saturday's Championship action

As things stand Ipswich are heading into the top six, for a few hours at least.

Birmingham are one of the teams that could move above them again this afternoon. They've just arrived for their game at Middlesbrough.

Gary Rowett
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SUBSTITUTION

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Both sides made a change as Freddie Sears comes off for David McGoldrick, still returning from a long-term injury, for Ipswich.

Meanwhile defender Jordan Spence is replaced by Rob Hall in an attacking move by Karl Robinson.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

MK Dons sub Ben Reeves provides us with a nice bit of trickery to lift a grounded pass over his shoulder and volley towards goal, but it's easy for Dean Gerken to hold.

If only MK Dons had showed this urgency sooner.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Daniel Powell has changed the game for MK Dons and he breaks into the area but under pressure from Luke Chambers and Jonathan Parr nudges the ball too far for Jonathan Douglas to clear.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Josh Murphy then has a go from the edge of the box, but his strike is flicked over by namesake Daryl for another corner, which Tommy Smith needs to be at his best from to deny a goalscoring chance.

This is much better from the hosts.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Ben Reeves comes the closest MK Dons have come all game as his left-foot strike from the edge of the area forces Dean Gerken to tip past the post.

Then Samir Carruthers forces Gerken to tip over his bar.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy should have put this game to bed.

The corner comes back out to taker Ainsley Maitland-Niles and his ball in finds Murphy with tons of space, but the forward puts his shot just wide of the goal when under no pressure.

Afterwards, Ipswich make their first change, bringing off Maitland-Niles for Jonathan Parr.

Saturday's Championship action

The build-up is starting for Saturday's nine 15:00 GMT kick-offs in the Championship.

This chap is back on familiar territory today - Joey Barton starts for Burnley against his former club QPR at Loftus Road.

Joey Barton
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MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Crickey, Ipswich's first corner of the match causes havoc in the area, and Dean Lewington can only head the ball over his own bar for another corner.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

MK Dons have a number of chances to cross from the free-kick, but they can't get the delivery right again.

YELLOW CARD (Sears)

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Another Ipswich player goes in the book as this time Freddie Sears gets shown yellow for hauling down Jordan Spence when the Dons right-back was flying down the wing.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Daryl Murphy will be kicking himself by missing this chance as he receives the ball from Brett Pitman, who closed a dithering Antony Kay down, in a great position.

The Republic of Ireland forward could have gone closer to goal but instead decided to shoot under no pressure and it flew off target.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

After that spurt of action, we've gone back into a bit of a lull. MK Dons have completely bossed possession in the second half though, with 65% of the ball but none of the cutting edge.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Dangerous ball into the area from Ipswich left-back Jonas Knudsen, but it just goes over the head of goalscorer Brett Pitman and away to safety.

Ipswich look like they can create every time they go forward. MK Dons, not so much.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

MK Dons appeal for a penalty, but sub Daniel Powell probably went to ground a little too easily under the challenge of Jonas Knudsen. Both of them appeared to be holding onto each other.

Equaliser for Norwich

Latest: Norwich 1-1 Everton

Wes Hoolahan has netted an early second-half equaliser for Norwich against Everton in the Premier League.

Follow live text and radio commentary here.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Daryl Murphy
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Murphy has missed a couple of chances today but his Championship Player of the Month prize made it a double of awards for Ipswich in November. Mick McCarthy was named Manager of the Month.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

From the free-kick Josh Murphy drilled in the cross but Nicky Maynard cannot turn the ball towards goal.

That was better from MK Dons, though, who make a double change in bringing on Ben Reeves and Daniel Powell for Carl Baker and Dean Bowditch.

YELLOW CARD

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

MK Dons have the chance to get the ball in as Ipswich right-back Luke Chambers hauls down Josh Murphy on the edge of the area on the left-hand side.

Chambers gets a booking for his trouble and this could be dangerous.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Off the back of the corner, the linesman makes a huge and possibly controversial call as Freddie Sears is deemed offside when completely through on goal with 30 yards of space.

But replays reveal the Ipswich striker was probably in his own half when Jonathan Douglas passed the ball through to him.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

MK Dons come so close to levelling proceedings as Dean Bowditch gets through on goal, but his strike is deflected just wide for a corner by Christophe Berra.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Ipswich winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles gets a talking to from the referee after making quite a few fouls - including his most recent for a raised arm on Dean Lewington.

He probably should have ended up in the book there.

Premier League live

Latest: Norwich 0-1 Everton

A reminder that live text and radio commentary of Norwich v Everton continues here.

Romelu Lukaku has given Everton a 1-0 lead by scoring in his sixth successive Premier League match.

Romelu Lukaku
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MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

A chance, sort of! MK Dons midfielder Carl Baker has a brief sight of goal but Ipswich defender Tommy Smith stood up to his strike and deflected it away.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

I'd like to bring you some action, but I can't. The ball is barely leaving the middle third of the pitch at the moment.

Let's hope for a little bit more as the game goes on.

BreakingMatches postponed

Bradford P-P Southend & Oldham P-P Millwall

And another two! The extreme rainfall in the north of England is playing havoc with today's fixture programme.

That's five games now called off in the Football League today - at Bradford, Fleetwood, Oldham, Accrington and Morecambe.

GAME OFF! The referee has deemed the pitch unsafe following heavy rain & given the forecast for the rest of the day, has postponed the game.

MATCH POSTPONED - Southend game called off due to waterlogged pitch.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

MK Dons need a goal to get back into the game, but straight away at the other end Ipswich forward Daryl Murphy has a chance as he comes inside Kyle McFadzean and curls wide of the post.

MK Dons 0-1 Ipswich

Not going to lie, because I would never do that to you lovely people, this game has not been the greatest so far.

Nevertheless, MK Dons get us back under way for another 45 minutes of action in Bucks.