Championship
BirminghamBirmingham City1MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons0
Birmingham City celebrate
Jacques Maghoma's goal was his fourth of the season

Jacques Maghoma's goal was enough for Birmingham City to beat struggling MK Dons and move to within one point of the Championship play-off places.

The Dons came closest in the first half when Daniel Powell forced Tomasz Kuszczak into a smart save.

After the break, Blues striker Clayton Donaldson smashed against the crossbar from just eight yards out.

But Maghoma grabbed the winner after 63 minutes by twisting and turning before firing home left-footed from 12 yards.

In the dying moments substitute Demarai Gray was denied by the post but it mattered little as Gary Rowett's side earned their second win in eight matches.

Despite the defeat, the Dons, who had two shots on target all match, remain 20th after Charlton and Bristol City both lost.

Karl Robinson's side never really got into the game, with their former midfielder Stephen Gleeson rolling past the post and David Martin saving from Jon Toral's free-kick in a lacklustre first half.

Dons captain Dean Lewington might count himself lucky not to have conceded a penalty when Blues claimed he handleda cross from Viv Solomon-Otabor in the area before the break.

But after Donaldson scuppered a chance to make it 10 for the season, Maghoma finished with aplomb and Birmingham were never really troubled as MK Dons remain without a Championship away win since their opening day victory at Rotherham.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"I think we were well worth our win and should have gone on and made it more comfortable.

"I felt with Clayton Donaldson back was a massive lift for us. I thought Jon Toral was really good playing with lots of quality and Jacques Maghoma was brilliant as well. I think those three were very difficult for MK Dons to handle.

"It was a magnificent goal from Maghoma. I've looked at the goal again and there were five defenders between him and the goal and as he turns all five go the wrong way as he hits a great finish. He deserved that goal."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson:

"We were beaten by the better team. We rode our luck. It wasn't our day. The changes I made didn't work.

"Losing Daniel Powell with a leg injury so early in the game was a big loss. Once he came off I thought we went backwards.

"The work ethic was there. I was proud of their effort but we had an off day. We just didn't turn up and I cannot put my finger on the reason.

"But we are learning all the time and we are going to get better by the back end of the season."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 69mins
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 17Solomon-OtaborSubstituted forGrayat 80'minutes
  • 20ToralSubstituted forDavisat 85'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 7Gray
  • 15Vaughan
  • 22Shinnie
  • 23Spector
  • 26Davis
  • 45Halford

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 16WalshSubstituted forReevesat 76'minutes
  • 3Lewington
  • 39Poyet
  • 14CarruthersBooked at 63mins
  • 7BakerBooked at 81mins
  • 9Bowditch
  • 17PowellSubstituted forMurphyat 32'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13GallagherSubstituted forMaynardat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 6Kay
  • 10Reeves
  • 22Cropper
  • 28Maynard
  • 31Murphy
  • 38Hall
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
19,714

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, MK Dons 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, MK Dons 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Lewington with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

  5. Booking

    Josh Murphy (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Maynard (MK Dons).

  7. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

  11. Booking

    Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Maynard (MK Dons).

  13. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Carl Baker (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Jon-Miquel Toral.

  17. Post update

    Offside, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch tries a through ball, but Nicky Maynard is caught offside.

  18. Booking

    Carl Baker (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

  20. Post update

    Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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