Championship
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons2Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday1

Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

MK Dons
MK Dons earned a first win in six matches to move out of the bottom three

Carl Baker and Nicky Maynard both scored as MK Dons lifted themselves out of the Championship relegation zone with victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Baker put the hosts in front with a fine solo goal before Maynard was sent clear of the Owls defence to score.

Wednesday's Ross Wallace crossed for fellow substitute Gary Hooper to pull one back late on.

But the hosts saw the game out to move above Bristol City, who lost at Derby, and Charlton, who drew with Bolton.

A point now separates MK Dons from the bottom three after their first victory in six matches against an Owls side that could have gone into the play-off places had they won.

Instead, Wednesday slip to ninth in the Championship and find themselves four points behind sixth-placed Ipswich with one match to play before Christmas.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal's decision to make a third and final substitution as early as the 56th minute showed how much the visitors struggled, and Maynard came close to a third for the Dons when his shot on the turn from outside the box was pushed away by Keiren Westwood.

Fernando Forestieri was denied by a terrific save from Dons' goalkeeper David Martin and Hooper's strike was too little too late.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson: "We're not going to get too disheartened when we drop into the bottom three and we're not going to get too excited when we get out of it.

"It's important we sustain our mentality, our focus, our desire and our commitment to the football club and if we do so then we'll win more games than we have done in the first part of the season.

"The first half was as good a 45 minutes as we've seen. To dominate a top-six team who have spent millions, it made for a deserved win."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal: "In the first half, we were a shadow of our team. We had a lot of problems in controlling the ball and we missed a lot of passes, which is not normal in our team.

"We brought it back to 2-1 and we tried to go for the draw and the only positive part of the game was the way we reacted and finished the game."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 14CarruthersSubstituted forPoyetat 85'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 7Baker
  • 38HallSubstituted forReevesat 70'minutes
  • 31MurphySubstituted forPowellat 78'minutes
  • 28Maynard

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 9Bowditch
  • 10Reeves
  • 13Gallagher
  • 17Powell
  • 22Cropper
  • 39Poyet

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 3Turner
  • 5Loovens
  • 36Pudil
  • 21LópezBooked at 43minsSubstituted forWallaceat 45'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 24SougouSubstituted forHooperat 56'minutes
  • 45ForestieriBooked at 35mins
  • 41Bannan
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Semedo
  • 10McGugan
  • 14Hooper
  • 17Helan
  • 18Lucas João
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 33Wallace
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
11,422

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

  5. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Diego Poyet replaces Samir Carruthers.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Keiren Westwood tries a through ball, but Lucas João is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Michael Turner went off injured after Sheffield Wednesday had used all subs.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Antony Kay.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Josh Murphy.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ross Wallace.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by David Martin.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Reeves replaces Robert Hall.

  17. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Keiren Westwood.

  19. Post update

    Offside, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard tries a through ball, but Josh Murphy is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.