League One
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons0WalsallWalsall3

Milton Keynes Dons 0-3 Walsall

Tom Bradshaw

Tom Bradshaw bagged a second-half brace for Walsall as MK Dons suffered their first league defeat in 13 matches.

The visitors were ahead inside four minutes courtesy of a Darren Potter own goal after Andy Taylor's free-kick took a touch off the MK Dons midfielder.

A second defensive error, this time a weak back header from Potter, allowed Bradshaw in to double Walsall's lead.

Saddlers top scorer Bradshaw then followed up a rebound to add a late third goal - his 14th of the season.

MK Dons, who had not lost since their 3-2 defeat at league leaders Bristol City on 27 September, slip to fourth in the League One table.

Walsall, beaten 4-1 at home by Swindon Town on Boxing Day, climb back up to 12th, within three points of the play-off places.

MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I'm disappointed like anybody, as both a fan and a manager. We weren't at the races and weren't at our fluent best. I didn't see that zip or spark we've had in the last 12 games. But we'll come back stronger.

"In 13 games, to have one defeat, the players have been magnificent. I'm not going to criticise them because they've played badly once in 13. I'm just as proud of them today as I have been the last 12.

"And, when you look at the first two goals, it was a wicked deflection off Darren Potter and an individual error by him which he's owned up for, so when you look at margins in a football match there wasn't a lot between us."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1MartinBooked at 62mins
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 13BakerSubstituted forGreenat 68'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 14Alli
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forPowellat 68'minutes
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forAfobeat 55'minutes
  • 11Grigg

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 7Green
  • 15Randall
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 17Powell
  • 18Baldock
  • 23Afobe

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 27FordeSubstituted forBenningat 76'minutes
  • 12Cain
  • 7Chambers
  • 21CookSubstituted forBaxendaleat 85'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMansetat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 37Manset
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
9,311

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Walsall 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Walsall 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Danny Green (MK Dons).

  4. Post update

    Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mathieu Manset (Walsall).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by James Chambers.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

  12. Post update

    Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Danny Green (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Danny Green (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Jordan Cook.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Antony Kay.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.