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Walsall 0-3 Milton Keynes Dons

Izale McLeod

Striker Izale McLeod scored a goal in each half as MK Dons ended Walsall's seven-game unbeaten run with an impressive win at the Bescot Stadium.

The home defence struggled in the blustery wind and McLeod clipped over keeper Richard O'Donnell for the first.

Andy Butler was then sent off for bringing McLeod down in the box and Ben Reeves doubled the lead from the spot.

McLeod fired his seventh of the season before sub Michael Ngoo missed a spot-kick for Walsall after he was fouled.

The 6ft 6ins striker, making his debut following his recent arrival on loan from Liverpool, shot tamely at David Martin in the 89th minute to cap a below-par showing from the Saddlers, who had the wind in their favour after the break, but were unable to trouble the Dons defence.

Walsall dropped one place to seventh as a result of the defeat, with the visitors - who had lost their three previous games - climbing two places to ninth, seven points outside the play-off places.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought the players deserved tremendous credit today because they took an awful lot of criticism, and they've come here today, they've worked on a certain system.

"It was a good performance. Before the game I was in quite a positive mood; the lads have worked hard all week.

"(McLeod's) second goal was a wonder goal, but he scored two and won a penalty, so I think the man of match decision is quite easy. "

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 14Benning
  • 7Chambers
  • 12Downing
  • 4ButlerBooked at 43mins
  • 29BrandySubstituted forFeatherstoneat 77'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 10WestcarrSubstituted forNgooat 64'minutes
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forMcQuilkinat 81'minutes
  • 9Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 16Baxendale
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 5Hodson
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 24Kay
  • 23Spence
  • 17PowellSubstituted forBaldockat 85'minutes
  • 7Gleeson
  • 13McLeodSubstituted forChadwickat 90+1'minutes
  • 12Reeves
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forHallat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Chadwick
  • 11Smith
  • 14Alli
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Galloway
  • 21Hall
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
4,116

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 0, MK Dons 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 0, MK Dons 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Luke Chadwick replaces Izale McLeod.

  5. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Nicky Featherstone.

  6. Post update

    Penalty saved! Michael Ngoo (Walsall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Penalty Walsall. Michael Ngoo draws a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Anthony Kay (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Ryan Hall replaces Samir Carruthers.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Daniel Powell.

  12. Post update

    Foul by James McQuilkin (Walsall).

  13. Post update

    Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James McQuilkin replaces Romaine Sawyers.

  15. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Paul Downing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.