MK Dons ended a run of four games without a win by inflicting a third-straight defeat on 10-man Walsall.

The Saddlers had veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Walker sent off for handling outside the box, prompting full-back Lee Beevers to go in goal.

He was soon beaten as Dean Lewington curled a free-kick into the top corner.

Jabo Ibehre stabbed in the second after Beevers blocked a shot from Daniel Powell, while a Claude Gnakpa shot hit both posts for the Saddlers.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"If we take our chances in the second half, the game goes completely out of their reach. We just didn't take our chances really.

"You can tell they (Walsall) really like playing for the manager here. The way they came out for the second half and the way they got at us was a credit and a testament to them. But our boys stayed strong and got a clean sheet.

"It felt comfortable. I just always felt in control. OK, it wasn't the perfect second-half, but it was three points. It is a fantastic result and we move on from here."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 01 Walker Dismissed
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Beevers
  • 14 Taundry
  • 06 Smith Booked
  • 11 Hurst (Gnakpa - 45' )
  • 19 Peterlin
  • 24 Wilson
  • 10 Macken (Paterson - 34' )
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 05 Lancashire
  • 18 Gnakpa
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 09 Grigg
  • 15 Paterson

MK Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 03 Lewington
  • 04 Doumbe
  • 06 Beevers
  • 15 Flanagan
  • 07 Gleeson Booked
  • 08 Potter
  • 17 Powell (McNamee - 79' )
  • 26 Chadwick Booked (Balanta - 63' )
  • 10 MacDonald (Williams - 72' Booked )
  • 19 Ibehre

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 12 Chicksen
  • 13 Williams
  • 27 McNamee
  • 11 Balanta
Ref: Phillips
Att: 3,712

Match Stats

Shots

18 18

On target

5 8

Corners

5 6

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:40

Angelo Balanta has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

90:00 +3:09

The ball is swung over by Dean Lewington.

90:00 +2:48

The ball is delivered by Mat Sadler.

90:00 +2:31

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Tom Flanagan gets a block in.

90:00 +0:48

Corner taken left-footed by Anthony McNamee, clearance by Claude Gnakpa.

90:00 +0:11

Stephen Gleeson is caught offside. Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick.

89:09

Corner taken right-footed by Anton Peterlin, clearance by Jabo Ibehre.

88:32

Jamie Paterson has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save by David Martin.

85:57

Foul by Alex Nicholls on Mark Beevers, free kick awarded. David Martin takes the indirect free kick.

85:27

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Beevers.

84:16

Anthony McNamee produces a cross.

83:18

Corner taken left-footed by Anthony McNamee from the left by-line, Tom Flanagan takes a shot.

82:13

The ball is crossed by Claude Gnakpa, Jamie Paterson takes a shot.

80:22

Angelo Balanta takes a shot. Jamie Paterson takes a shot.

79:54

Mark Wilson takes the indirect free kick.

79:54 Booking

Booking Shaun Williams is cautioned.

79:37

Angelo Balanta challenges Jamie Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

78:35 Substitution

Substitution (Milton Keynes Dons) makes a substitution, with Anthony McNamee coming on for Daniel Powell.

78:35

Jamie Paterson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

78:29

The ball is crossed by Alex Nicholls, clearance by Mark Beevers.

77:30

Shaun Williams takes a shot. Save by Lee Beevers.

77:09

Daniel Powell takes a shot. Save made by Lee Beevers.

75:57

Effort on goal by Darren Potter from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

74:41

Unfair challenge on Mathias Doumbe by Alex Nicholls results in a free kick. David Martin takes the free kick.

73:25

Centre by Angelo Balanta, save made by Lee Beevers.

71:36 Substitution

Substitution Charlie MacDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Shaun Williams.

71:36

Charlie MacDonald takes a shot.

70:39

Charlie MacDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Butler. Lee Beevers takes the indirect free kick.

69:22

Jamie Paterson produces a curled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Mathias Doumbe makes a clearance.

67:35

The ball is sent over by Dean Lewington.

66:17

Mark Wilson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

66:17 Booking

Booking Stephen Gleeson shown a yellow card.

66:08

Stephen Gleeson challenges Jamie Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

65:14

A cross is delivered by Mathias Doumbe. Dean Lewington takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

64:23

Charlie MacDonald takes a shot.

63:36

Jamie Paterson delivers the ball.

63:19

Alex Nicholls fouled by Tom Flanagan, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Paterson.

62:37 Substitution

Substitution Luke Chadwick leaves the field to be replaced by Angelo Balanta.

62:07

Foul by Charlie MacDonald on Andy Butler, free kick awarded. Lee Beevers takes the free kick.

60:57

Claude Gnakpa takes a shot.

60:08

Dean Lewington produces a cross, clearance by Emmanuele Smith.

59:46

Centre by Jamie Paterson, Mark Beevers makes a clearance.

59:09

Mathias Doumbe takes a shot. Save by Lee Beevers.

57:52

Jabo Ibehre challenges Mat Sadler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Mark Wilson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Claude Gnakpa goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

57:12

Effort on goal by Alex Nicholls from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

56:41

Jamie Paterson challenges Stephen Gleeson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Potter.

55:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Peterlin on Mathias Doumbe. Free kick taken by Tom Flanagan.

54:47

Stephen Gleeson takes a shot. Save by Lee Beevers.

53:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Gleeson on Claude Gnakpa. Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

49:41

Free kick crossed by Richard Taundry, blocked by Darren Potter. Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Paterson. Centre by Mark Wilson, Andy Butler takes a shot. Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Paterson from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Andy Butler goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

49:41 Booking

Booking Luke Chadwick goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

49:38

Luke Chadwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Claude Gnakpa.

49:01

The ball is crossed by Dean Lewington, save by Lee Beevers.

48:03

Stephen Gleeson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson. Indirect free kick taken by Mat Sadler. Headed from the edge of the area by Claude Gnakpa goes wide of the left-hand post.

47:40

The ball is delivered by Mat Sadler, Mathias Doumbe gets a block in.

46:37

Dean Lewington sends in a cross, Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Andy Butler gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Dean Lewington.

45:28

Shot by Jabo Ibehre from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:23 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +3:11

Centre by Darren Potter, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:54

Corner taken by Jamie Paterson from the right by-line.

45:00 +1:37 Substitution

Substitution Claude Gnakpa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevan Hurst.

45:00 +0:47

Foul by Stephen Gleeson on Alex Nicholls, free kick awarded. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:04 Booking

Booking Emmanuele Smith receives a yellow card.

44:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Jabo Ibehre - Walsall 0 - 2 MK Dons Goal scored by Jabo Ibehre from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Walsall 0-2 Milton Keynes Dons.

44:12

The ball is sent over by Daniel Powell, clearance by Emmanuele Smith.

42:48

Shot from long distance by Stephen Gleeson misses to the right of the target.

41:51

Foul by Jabo Ibehre on Andy Butler, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

40:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Nicholls on Mark Beevers. Mark Beevers takes the indirect free kick.

39:43

Shot by Darren Potter from a long way out goes over the target.

38:56

The official flags Charlie MacDonald offside. Direct free kick taken by Lee Beevers.

36:48

Dean Lewington crosses the ball, clearance made by Andy Butler.

36:00

Mark Wilson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

35:47

The referee gives a free kick against Dean Lewington for handball. Free kick taken by Anton Peterlin.

34:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Lewington - Walsall 0 - 1 MK Dons Free kick scored by Dean Lewington. Walsall 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons.

32:37 Substitution

Substitution (Walsall) makes a substitution, with Jamie Paterson coming on for Jonathan Macken.

32:37 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Jimmy Walker a red card for deliberate handball.

32:22

Jimmy Walker is adjudged to have handled the ball.

30:56

Alex Nicholls sends in a cross.

28:41

Dean Lewington delivers the ball, clearance made by Lee Beevers.

28:03

Darren Potter takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Dean Lewington from the left by-line, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

26:55

The ball is swung over by Mathias Doumbe.

26:32

Jabo Ibehre produces a cross, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

24:31

Unfair challenge on Dean Lewington by Kevan Hurst results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Martin.

24:21

The ball is crossed by Mark Wilson, clearance made by Mark Beevers.

23:16

Alex Nicholls takes a shot.

22:34

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kevan Hurst, Emmanuele Smith takes a shot. Clearance by Stephen Gleeson.

22:23

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Gleeson.

21:13

Jabo Ibehre concedes a free kick for a foul on Mat Sadler. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson. Darren Potter challenges Alex Nicholls unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Richard Taundry from right channel, clearance made by Jabo Ibehre.

19:46

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Macken, Mark Beevers makes a clearance. Centre by Mark Beevers, save by Jimmy Walker.

18:29

Unfair challenge on Lee Beevers by Darren Potter results in a free kick. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.

17:36

Charlie MacDonald sends in a cross, Anton Peterlin makes a clearance.

16:33

The ball is swung over by Kevan Hurst, Tom Flanagan manages to make a clearance.

15:26

A cross is delivered by Mat Sadler, Tom Flanagan makes a clearance.

14:30

Centre by Jabo Ibehre, clearance made by Andy Butler. Darren Potter takes a shot. Save made by Jimmy Walker.

13:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Gleeson by Alex Nicholls. Free kick taken by David Martin.

12:34

Corner taken left-footed by Dean Lewington.

11:27

Foul by Jonathan Macken on Dean Lewington, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.

7:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Powell by Lee Beevers. Darren Potter restarts play with the free kick.

7:18

Kevan Hurst produces a cross, Mark Beevers manages to make a clearance.

5:14

Mat Sadler concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Chadwick. Indirect free kick taken by Mathias Doumbe.

4:21

Kevan Hurst takes a shot.

3:45

Centre by Anton Peterlin, Mathias Doumbe manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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