Match ends, MK Dons 2, Barnsley 0.
MK Dons moved within three points of League One leaders Swindon as they beat struggling Barnsley at Stadium MK.
Dean Bowditch had an early chance but his powerful shot was cleared off the line by Ryan Williams.
Barnsley dominated after the break but Jean-Yves M'voto cleared Carl Baker's cross straight to Dele Alli, who slotted into the bottom corner.
Will Grigg picked up Jordan Spence's cross and rounded the goalkeeper to secure a second successive win.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"We had a game plan today, we knew how difficult they would make the first half. You've got to be patient. We had a game plan in the second half, we knew we could do something special.
"We've got a big game in mind on Tuesday against Scunthorpe. We know they've not played today.
"We've got an awful lot of games coming up. I thought we were very dominant in the game. From a tactical perspective I was happy.
"If we want to be successful we need to make sure we've got the right attitude. If we can put in the same effort [as Cambridge in their 0-0 draw against Manchester United in the FA Cup], coupled with that ability we've got, I think we will be a very difficult team to break down and beat."
Barnsley manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"Again, it's the first goal that changes the whole complexion of the game. Leading up to the goal it was arguably our best period of the game.
"In the first half I thought we dealt with everything fairly comfortably. We counter-attacked well at times, although we didn't make the most of those situations.
"In the second half we came out well, then there is one ball that is headed out of the box and we are not first to the ball and it goes into the bottom corner.
"That is the difference in the game and they obviously got their confidence up."
- 17PowellSubstituted forColeat 65'minutes
- 9BowditchSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 65'minutes
- 13BakerSubstituted forGreenat 75'minutes
- 42KiwomyaSubstituted forOatesat 70'minutes
- 4BerrySubstituted forScowenat 79'minutes
- 36PearsonBooked at 56mins
- 37LalkovicSubstituted forPhenixat 82'minutes
- Chris Kavanagh
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, MK Dons 2, Barnsley 0.
Attempt missed. Danny Green (MK Dons) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high.
Foul by Dele Alli (MK Dons).
George Waring (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Devante Cole (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.
Jonson Clarke-Harris (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).
Attempt blocked. Danny Green (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Barnsley. Michael Phenix replaces Milan Lalkovic.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jordan Spence.
Attempt saved. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.
Substitution, Barnsley. Josh Scowen replaces Luke Berry.
Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Barnsley).
Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (MK Dons).
Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, MK Dons. Danny Green replaces Carl Baker.