EFL Cup - Third Round
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Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Bradford City

MK Dons' Benik Afobe celebrates after scoring their first goal
Afobe has scored nine goals since joining on loan from Arsenal

Benik Afobe was once again MK Dons' League Cup hero as he scored both goals in a third-round win over Bradford.

Afobe had also netted twice in the 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United in the previous round.

The Arsenal loanee had MK in front within five minutes with a brilliant turn and shot and then finished a one-on-one in the dying minutes.

Mason Bennett curled Bantams' best chance wide, while Kyle McFadzean hit the visitors' post in the second half.

Afobe, 21, now has nine goals since joining MK on loan from Arsenal in August, and is the competition's top scorer with five.

Ben Reeves of MK Dons takes a freekick with empty stands behind
There were fewer fans in the stands than during the previous round against Manchester United

His pair of goals puts Karl Robinson's side into the fourth round for the first time at the expense of the 2013 runners-up, but they were rare highlights in a game that lacked the drama of that memorable night against United.

The home team, currently second in League One, had chances to make it more comfortable - and add to their 18 goals in their five previous games - with Jordan Spence firing wide before McFadzean's drilled 25-yard effort struck the woodwork and Ben Reeves failed to put in the rebound.

Bradford, who won 2-1 in a league encounter at Stadium MK a week ago, applied late pressure in search of an equaliser, but the closest they came was Jason Kennedy's back-post volley straight into the hands of David Martin.

And it was Dele Alli, who has been reportedly attracting attention from Liverpool and Bayern Munich, who provided the through ball late on for Afobe to finish off the tie.

MK Dons assistant boss Richie Barker:

"We're not going to dictate every game for the next 40 games. It was about winning the game in a slightly different way.

"We progressed, kept a clean sheet and our centre forward scored two goals, so we can't ask any more.

"Benik has scored a lot of one-on-ones because of his pace, but the way he took his first goal was excellent. I didn't realise how good it was until I watched it the second time around.

"He's got everything. And to be fair to him and Will Grigg - who have rotated - every time one of them starts they end up scoring and it gives us a headache in terms of team selection."

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson:

"We couldn't quite get the goal, but if you're going to lose a game of football, there's a way to do it and I thought the performance level was very good tonight.

"I thought all round we couldn't ask for much more.

"Afobe has taken his goals well and that's probably the difference on the night. Our approach play around the final third was very good. But we couldn't get the goal we needed even though I thought the momentum was with us in the second half."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 12Spence
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forBaldockat 90+1'minutes
  • 14Alli
  • 8Potter
  • 22CarruthersBooked at 68minsSubstituted forGriggat 78'minutes
  • 9BowditchBooked at 52minsSubstituted forPowellat 54'minutes
  • 23Afobe

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 11Grigg
  • 15Randall
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 17Powell
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Hitchcock

Bradford

  • 12Williams
  • 18Routis
  • 23McArdle
  • 8Liddle
  • 3Meredith
  • 19McBurnieSubstituted forMcLeanat 65'minutes
  • 17Kennedy
  • 11Knott
  • 20MoraisSubstituted forWebb-Fosterat 85'minutes
  • 10Clarke
  • 28BennettSubstituted forUrwinat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McLean
  • 14Yeates
  • 22Urwin
  • 31Pollard
  • 32Wright
  • 33King
  • 34Webb-Foster
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
5,707

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 2, Bradford City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 2, Bradford City 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by William Grigg (MK Dons).

  4. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Christopher Routis.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Ben Reeves.

  6. Post update

    Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Meredith (Bradford City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 2, Bradford City 0. Benik Afobe (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dele Alli.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

  14. Post update

    Aaron McLean (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Reece Webb-Foster replaces Filipe Morais.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Kennedy (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Antony Kay.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. William Grigg replaces Samir Carruthers.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

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