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MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons6CreweCrewe Alexandra1

Milton Keynes Dons 6-1 Crewe Alexandra

Dele Alli

Teenager Dele Alli scored a hat-trick as MK Dons overwhelmed Crewe.

The 18-year-old slotted home from close range inside three minutes before Crewe were gifted a leveller thanks to a Kyle McFadzean own goal.

Will Grigg poked home to restore the home side's lead before Alli headed in a third from Ben Reeves' cross.

Benik Afobe's then netted after a long ball from Alli, who completed his hat-trick before Reeves curled an effort past goalkeeper Ben Garratt.

Alli - who extended his contract until 2017 this week - was named Football League's Young Player of the Month for August.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We were very, very good. We worked off our shape very well out of possession. We're a team that's always on the front foot, and always trying to dominate on the front foot. I think today we did it so much better.

"We've now got to go to the league leaders next Saturday. The league table looks wonderful for seven days.

"The chairman said Dele Alli gave the best individual performance he's seen at the club. He does all the talking with a football, I don't have to talk about him. The fans have got a local hero to be very proud of."

Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Nobody was anywhere near the standard required. There are no excuses for that performance. We have been battered. They are a very good side and were unforgiving in their attacking but when you play like that at any place in this league, then you are going to have big problems

"When we have a performance like that I hurt just like a supporter. It was shameful at times. None of them have come out of the game with any credit.

"We were so second best at times it was frightening. We spent most of the game fire fighting. When we were putting out one problem another one arose. It showed that some of our players are struggling with this league. We didn't show any ability on the ball or without the ball."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 3Lewington
  • 5McFadzean
  • 18BaldockSubstituted forSpenceat 76'minutes
  • 6Kay
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forHitchcockat 82'minutes
  • 14Alli
  • 8Potter
  • 17Powell
  • 10Reeves
  • 11GriggSubstituted forAfobeat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 12Spence
  • 15Randall
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 22Carruthers
  • 23Afobe

Crewe

  • 13Garratt
  • 2Tootle
  • 3Guthrie
  • 5RayBooked at 54mins
  • 15Audel
  • 17WatersSubstituted forBrandyat 58'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 28NessSubstituted forTurtonat 58'minutes
  • 18Nolan
  • 9OliverSubstituted forCooperat 82'minutes
  • 25Haber

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 7Turton
  • 8Atkinson
  • 11Cooper
  • 20Jones
  • 24Leigh
  • 29Brandy
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
7,049

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home24
Away7
Shots on Target
Home14
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 6, Crewe Alexandra 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 6, Crewe Alexandra 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tom Hitchcock (MK Dons).

  6. Post update

    Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 6, Crewe Alexandra 1. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 5, Crewe Alexandra 1. Dele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tom Hitchcock.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Tom Hitchcock replaces Dean Bowditch.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces Vadaine Oliver.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Jordan Spence replaces George Baldock.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 4, Crewe Alexandra 1. Benik Afobe (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dele Alli.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thierry Audel (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

  20. Post update

    Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City96301871121
2MK Dons851221111016
3Peterborough9513139416
4Swindon84311710715
5Chesterfield84221511414
6Bradford94231210214
7Rochdale9414169713
8Preston8341149513
9Fleetwood934297213
10Sheff Utd84131112-113
11Coventry93331010012
12Gillingham93331112-112
13Yeovil93331012-212
14Oldham925299011
15Doncaster8323911-211
16Notts County824276110
17Leyton Orient824288010
18Crawley9315412-810
19Barnsley8233131309
20Walsall9153610-48
21Port Vale92251016-68
22Scunthorpe9216820-127
23Colchester9135913-46
24Crewe8116821-134
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