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Swindon Town 0-3 Milton Keynes Dons

Will Grigg
Grigg's double has taken his tally to 17 goals for the season

Will Grigg scored twice as MK Dons moved above promotion rivals Swindon and to within five points of second place in League One with a clinical victory in an enthralling game.

A thrilling first half full of chances failed to produce a goal.

But Daniel Powell's instinctive header opened the scoring after the break and Grigg made it 2-0 with a lovely curled shot after another slick passing move.

Grigg added his second through a close-range strike with two minutes left.

The victory takes Dons up to third, two points and one place above a Robins side who matched their visitors for much of the game, but lacked their quality in front of goal.

Home goalkeeper Wes Foderingham had to make three fine saves to twice deny Grigg and keep out a low Powell strike, and Dons also had two penalty claims turned down.

At the other end, Michael Smith had two decent sights of goal but was off target while Dean Lewington did well to block a Jonathan Swift strike.

Dons started to take control after the interval as the game became slightly less frenetic.

And after Powell headed in on the follow-up after a smart Foderingham save, Grigg's composed shot, following great work by Dele Alli and the excellent Samir Carruthers, made it 2-0.

Swindon rallied and Ben Gladwin had a fierce low shot brilliantly saved by David Martin, but Grigg tapped home a third to seal victory late on.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I didn't think we deserved to lose 3-0. First half it was a pretty good game and it could have gone either way.

"I felt whoever got the first goal would possibly run out the winners.

"The longer the game went we had to try and gamble a little bit and get something back and left ourselves a bit more open at the back. But we weren't at it today, especially in the second half."

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We had a game plan. We almost reluctantly gave up possession of the ball, which is different to how we normally play when we like to build up from the back.

"Tactically, we had a different way of playing and the players took that on board really well and I think we deserved the win.

I thought every single player on the pitch deserved to wear that shirt of ours. To beat Swindon home and away is, for me, as good as it gets."

Line-ups

Swindon

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Foderingham
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 47mins
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 36RickettsSubstituted forKasimat 62'minutes
  • 5Stephens
  • 4Luongo
  • 7GladwinSubstituted forObikaat 82'minutes
  • 14SwiftSubstituted forWilliamsat 62'minutes
  • 9SmithBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 8Kasim
  • 10Williams
  • 15Toffolo
  • 20Obika
  • 24Hylton
  • 26Rodgers
  • 37Belford

MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Martin
  • 2Hodson
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 14Alli
  • 8Potter
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forBakerat 75'minutes
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forSpenceat 86'minutes
  • 17Powell
  • 11GriggSubstituted forColeat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Green
  • 12Spence
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 28Cole
  • 29Burns
  • 34Baker
  • 38Hall
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
10,087

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 0, MK Dons 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swindon Town 0, MK Dons 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Devante Cole replaces William Grigg.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

  5. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

  7. Post update

    Dele Alli (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Swindon Town 0, MK Dons 3. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Hodson with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Jordan Spence replaces Samir Carruthers.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jack Stephens (Swindon Town).

  14. Post update

    Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Jonathan Obika replaces Ben Gladwin.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andy Williams (Swindon Town).

  17. Post update

    Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by David Martin.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  20. Post update

    Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City402510576354185
2Preston392211665333277
3MK Dons39219979403972
4Swindon382171065422370
5Sheff Utd4018101258451364
6Chesterfield40179145951860
7Bradford391512125143857
8Rochdale391751765521356
9Barnsley40168165354-156
10Peterborough40175184649-356
11Fleetwood401511144144-356
12Doncaster391411144851-353
13Oldham401411155059-953
14Gillingham401312155458-451
15Port Vale40146204958-948
16Walsall391114143642-647
17Scunthorpe391211165262-1047
18Coventry401113164455-1146
19Crewe40137203769-3246
20Leyton Orient39129185154-345
21Notts County391111173952-1344
22Crawley401111184466-2244
23Colchester39118204864-1641
24Yeovil4089233163-3233
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