Championship
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons0PrestonPreston North End1

MK Dons 0-1 Preston North End

Paul Gallagher
Gallagher joined Preston on a free transfer in the summer, having spent last season on loan at Deepdale

Preston collected their first Championship win since 2011, beating MK Dons who were playing their first home match in the second tier.

Paul Gallagher proved the difference between the two promoted sides as he finished a fine counter-attack.

Carl Baker had the best first-half chance for the Dons, but his header was superbly saved by Jordan Pickford.

And North End held out despite seeing substitute Jordan Hugill sent off late on for kicking out at Kyle McFadzean.

Milton Keynes, who won their first Championship game 4-1 at Rotherham last week, had begun the stronger, coming close through both Baker and Sam Gallagher, who fired wide.

But it was Preston who got the decisive goal when Will Keane and Joe Garner linked up well before the latter played in Gallagher to slot home.

North End's Daniel Johnson twice shot wide when well placed either side of Gallagher's effort, before Tom Clarke saw a goalbound effort from a corner disallowed for a push on home goalkeeper David Martin in the build up.

In the second half, the Dons were frustrated by a strong defensive display and have still never beaten Preston in nine league meetings between the sides.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson: "A lot of people say we are going to finish 24th in the league and that will drive us forward every single day of the season.

"We didn't do enough to win - but we certainly didn't deserve to lose. There was really nothing in the game.

"We were much better in the first half and our patience in keeping in the game was outstanding at times."

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson: "We are settling into this league and we're not going to get carried away with ourselves.

"To take four points from two games - with two clean sheets - I've got to be very pleased.

"We were well organised and counter attacked well - I thought we could have had a couple more goals in the first half but the sending off made it more difficult for us at the end.

"It's a blatant red card. He (Hugill) didn't need to do it and he's distraught with himself now in the dressing room as he let the rest of the players down."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 14CarruthersSubstituted forBenaventeat 67'minutes
  • 7BakerSubstituted forChurchat 78'minutes
  • 10Reeves
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forJenningsat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 11Church
  • 16Walsh
  • 18Aguza
  • 21Jennings
  • 22Cropper
  • 23Benavente

Preston

  • 1PickfordBooked at 90mins
  • 6Wright
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 17mins
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forWoodsat 88'minutes
  • 12GallagherBooked at 46minsSubstituted forBrowneat 77'minutes
  • 19Welsh
  • 11Johnson
  • 9KeaneBooked at 73minsSubstituted forHugillat 80'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 8Kilkenny
  • 15Woods
  • 16Browne
  • 20Davies
  • 22Brownhill
  • 25Hugill
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
11,035

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Preston North End 1.

  3. Booking

    Jordan Pickford (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darren Potter.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dale Jennings (MK Dons).

  6. Post update

    Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristian Benavente (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Lewington with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

  12. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Calum Woods replaces Chris Humphrey.

  14. Post update

    Dale Jennings (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) because of an injury.

  19. Dismissal

    Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  20. Post update

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