EFL Cup - Third Round
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons0SouthamptonSouthampton6

Milton Keynes Dons 0-6 Southampton

Sadio Mane scores for Southampton against MK Dons
Mane had not scored since 6 August before finding the net at MK Dons

Jay Rodriguez, Sadio Mane and Shane Long each scored twice as Southampton thrashed MK Dons in the League Cup.

Rodriguez curled a shot in off the post to put the visitors in front before Mane slotted in from a tight angle.

Mane then produced a composed finish after a cross from Long, who was fouled as MK Dons conceded a penalty which Rodriguez converted.

A Kyle McFadzean clearance hit Long in the chest and went in before the Saints striker slotted in his second.

How Wednesday's League Cup drama unfolded

This was the first time MK Dons, who have lost their past four Championship games, had conceded six goals in a competitive game.

Rodriguez, who returned from a 16-month injury lay-off at the start of this season, was back to somewhere near his best for Saints.

The 26-year-old had not scored two goals in a game since a 4-0 victory over Newcastle in March 2014.

He contributed to an improved performance from Ronald Koeman's side, who have won just once in their opening six Premier League matches.

They will host Aston Villa in the fourth round.

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League Cup fourth round draw

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Liverpool v Bournemouth

Manchester United v Middlesbrough

Everton v Norwich City

Southampton v Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal

Hull City v Leicester City

Stoke City v Chelsea

(Ties to be played on 27 and 28 October)

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "The whole team worked well - the defenders, the midfielder and the strikers.

"We had a good start and two fast goals gave us the confidence and total domination in the game.

"The final result is very pleasing and I think we showed from the first minute to the last second the great spirit in the team."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson: "I found myself applauding some of their football at times. That is a team that wants to win the competition.

"We are a little embarrassed and upset, I admit. But they are a very good side and hopefully my players and I can learn something from this game."

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Martin
  • 2Hodson
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 39Poyet
  • 18AguzaSubstituted forReevesat 57'minutes
  • 7Baker
  • 23BenaventeSubstituted forHallat 36'minutes
  • 17Powell
  • 11ChurchSubstituted forMaynardat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Reeves
  • 12Spence
  • 20Rasulo
  • 28Maynard
  • 29Burns
  • 31Murphy
  • 38Hall

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17van DijkSubstituted forYoshidaat 79'minutes
  • 33TargettSubstituted forBertrandat 55'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 14Romeu
  • 20Juanmi
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 10ManéSubstituted forRamírezat 65'minutes
  • 7Long

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 11Tadic
  • 12Wanyama
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 21Bertrand
  • 23Ramírez
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
10,189

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home4
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Southampton 6.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Southampton 6.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Diego Poyet.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

  7. Post update

    Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Virgil van Dijk.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 0, Southampton 6. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Hall (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 0, Southampton 5. Shane Long (Southampton) with an attempt from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Juanmi.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Sadio Mané.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Diego Poyet (MK Dons).

  16. Post update

    Juanmi (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Simon Church.