League One
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons1BradfordBradford City2

Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Bradford City

Billy Clarke
Clarke's goal took his side to fifth place in the table

Bradford climbed into the play-off places with a hard-earned victory over fellow high-flyers MK Dons.

Aaron McLean nodded in Billy Knott's cross on 23 minutes to give Bradford a lead, which they extended just two minutes later through Billy Clarke's well-struck effort from 20 yards.

Dean Lewington gave MK Dons hope before half-time after an error from keeper Jordan Pickford presented the chance.

The Dons pushed hard for an equaliser but struggled to create opportunities.

It was a frustrating night for the home side, who went into the match as League One's top scorers, and that sense of irritation saw MK Dons boss Karl Robinson sent to the stands midway through the second half after an altercation on the sidelines.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I was shocked [to be sent off] as you could see. I have been told I manhandled the assistant referee. We'll just have to see what the report says.

"It's my fault today. The first 15 minutes was their fault, but for a five-minute period we were sloppy. In the second half I got it wrong. I made a change too soon. I got it massively wrong.

"'I tried to change it back, and then there was confusion and a lack of continuity. I stunted the flow of the game and I shouldn't do that as a manager. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up."

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Martin
  • 18BaldockBooked at 74minsSubstituted forHitchcockat 77'minutes
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 5McFadzean
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forAfobeat 53'minutes
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forBowditchat 62'minutes
  • 14Alli
  • 8PotterBooked at 83mins
  • 17Powell
  • 11Grigg

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 9Bowditch
  • 12Spence
  • 15Randall
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 23Afobe

Bradford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 18Routis
  • 23McArdle
  • 2DarbyBooked at 40mins
  • 3Meredith
  • 8LiddleBooked at 17mins
  • 14YeatesBooked at 60mins
  • 17Kennedy
  • 11KnottSubstituted forMoraisat 74'minutes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forMcBurnieat 61'minutes
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forBennettat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19McBurnie
  • 20Morais
  • 22Urwin
  • 28Bennett
  • 32Wright
  • 33King
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
7,139

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home14
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 1, Bradford City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Bradford City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Dean Bowditch.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Christopher Routis.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Oliver McBurnie.

  8. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Oliver McBurnie.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Antony Kay (MK Dons).

  10. Post update

    (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Filipe Morais (Bradford City).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

  14. Post update

    Jason Kennedy (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Booking

    Darren Potter (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Mason Bennett (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

  18. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Gary Liddle.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Mason Bennett replaces Billy Clarke.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Tom Hitchcock replaces George Baldock.