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Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Port Vale

Russell Martin's first game in management ended in defeat as MK Dons suffered defeat by League Two Port Vale in the first round of the FA Cup.

David Worrall's first-half header was all John Askey's men needed to see Vale progress, as MK suffered a sixth defeat in seven winless games.

The League One strugglers went close inside 15 minutes when Alex Gilbey was first to fire the ball goalwards from the edge of the Vale box, forcing goalkeeper Scott Brown into action.

But the visitors took the lead minutes later when James Gibbons' cross from the right found Worrall unmarked at the Dons back post and he headed home his second goal in three games.

Worrall aimed to turn provider just before the break when he picked out Richie Bennett inside the Dons six-yard box, but the frontman could not keep his header down.

The home side should have levelled through Ben Reeves after 65 minutes when he had time and space inside the Vale box to line up a shot, only to fire well over.

Martin's side upped the pressure late on and launched balls into the box, but they could not find a way past a determined Port Vale defence as Askey's men, 10th in League Two, progressed to the second round.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25Brittain
  • 5Poole
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Lewington
  • 8GilbeySubstituted forHoughtonat 84'minutes
  • 29KasumuSubstituted forBoatengat 70'minutes
  • 7Reeves
  • 18McGrandles
  • 11DickensonSubstituted forMasonat 61'minutes
  • 9Bowery

Substitutes

  • 6Cargill
  • 20Mason
  • 22Moore
  • 24Houghton
  • 26Boateng
  • 40Sorinola
  • 44Freeman

Port Vale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Brown
  • 2Gibbons
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 11Montaño
  • 20BurgessSubstituted forEvansat 88'minutes
  • 4JoyceBooked at 71mins
  • 16Taylor
  • 19Amoo
  • 21BennettSubstituted forPopeat 68'minutes
  • 7Worrall

Substitutes

  • 9Pope
  • 13Cullen
  • 17Browne
  • 18Evans
  • 28Brisley
  • 29Archer
  • 30Maddison
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
3,598

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Port Vale 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Port Vale 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

  4. Post update

    David Amoo (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Dangerous play by Joe Mason (MK Dons).

  6. Post update

    Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Callum Evans replaces Scott Burgess.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Houghton (MK Dons).

  10. Post update

    Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Mason (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Jordan Houghton replaces Alex Gilbey.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Regan Poole (MK Dons).

  14. Post update

    Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hiram Boateng (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by James Gibbons.

  17. Booking

    Luke Joyce (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Callum Brittain (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Hiram Boateng replaces David Kasumu.

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