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MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons2BarnsleyBarnsley0

Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Barnsley

Dele Alli
18-year-old Dele Alli has scored 12 goals in 24 league appearances for MK Dons

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."

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 17PowellSubstituted forColeat 65'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 14Alli
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 65'minutes
  • 13BakerSubstituted forGreenat 75'minutes
  • 11Grigg

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Green
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 22Carruthers
  • 23Clarke-Harris
  • 28Cole

Barnsley

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Turnbull
  • 22Williams
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 15Mvoto
  • 20Smith
  • 42KiwomyaSubstituted forOatesat 70'minutes
  • 4BerrySubstituted forScowenat 79'minutes
  • 36PearsonBooked at 56mins
  • 8Hourihane
  • 37LalkovicSubstituted forPhenixat 82'minutes
  • 41Waring

Substitutes

  • 7Scowen
  • 12Davies
  • 14Digby
  • 16Ramage
  • 18Oates
  • 25Phenix
  • 33Lita
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
8,310

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 2, Barnsley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 2, Barnsley 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Green (MK Dons) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dele Alli (MK Dons).

  5. Post update

    George Waring (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Devante Cole (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

  8. Post update

    Jonson Clarke-Harris (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Green (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Michael Phenix replaces Milan Lalkovic.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Josh Scowen replaces Luke Berry.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Barnsley).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (MK Dons).

  19. Post update

    Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Danny Green replaces Carl Baker.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon26166452252754
2Bristol City25166348222654
3MK Dons25156453242951
4Preston26138540261447
5Rochdale251141045331237
6Fleetwood27107102726137
7Bradford2510693229336
8Sheff Utd2410683028236
9Chesterfield259883634235
10Notts County269893031-135
11Doncaster259882629-335
12Port Vale27105123338-535
13Peterborough26104123334-134
14Oldham2581073538-334
15Walsall268992628-233
16Gillingham2787123543-831
17Coventry2779112737-1030
18Barnsley2585123438-429
19Scunthorpe2385103239-729
20Crewe2685132544-1929
21Colchester2676133142-1127
22Leyton Orient2668123439-526
23Yeovil2767142139-1825
24Crawley2659122443-1924
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