MK Dons came from behind to record a comfortable victory over Rochdale.

Brian Barry-Murphy put the visitors ahead when keeper David Martin misjudged his free-kick.

Adam Smith levelled with a superb effort from 35 yards out and Charlie MacDonald gave the Dons the lead when he converted Daniel Powell's cross.

Mark Beevers scrambled home a third from Luke Chadwick's centre before the interval as the hosts moved up to fourth in League One.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was convincing, professional, good football. We stretched the game and passed the ball. It could have been four, five or six and any other day it probably would have been.

"They were magnificent. They responded to a freak goal like men. That is nothing to do with me and John (Gorman), that is to do with them on the pitch.

"I want to get some players out on loan, but I also want to strengthen. I know where I want to strengthen and I am not going to say that publicly but I have my eyes on one or two players for January."

Rochdale manager Steve Eyre told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We thought we'd have a little bit of caution in the first 10 minutes, but we had the bonus of a Brian Barry-Murphy free-kick.

"It was a promising debut and I'm looking forward to giving him [Harry Bunn] a start now.

"We can come here and be satisfied we contested the game, but there wasn't a great deal between the teams, other than the scoreline which is the one that counts."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

MK Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 02 Smith
  • 03 Lewington
  • 06 Beevers
  • 15 Flanagan
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 08 Potter
  • 17 Powell
  • 26 Chadwick (Bowditch - 75' )
  • 10 MacDonald (Balanta - 84' )
  • 19 Ibehre Booked (Williams - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 05 MacKenzie
  • 13 Williams
  • 09 Bowditch
  • 11 Balanta

Rochdale

  • 23 Lucas
  • 02 Darby
  • 04 Holness
  • 17 Holden
  • 22 Jordan
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 07 Kennedy (Akpa Akpro - 63' )
  • 08 Jones
  • 10 Grimes
  • 11 Adams (Bunn - 74' )
  • 16 Tutte (Eccleston - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Edwards
  • 09 Bunn
  • 24 Eccleston
  • 26 Akpa Akpro
  • 28 Gray
Ref: Woolmer
Att: 7,120

Match Stats

Shots

8 6

On target

5 3

Corners

9 4

Fouls

9 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:34 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:15

Dean Lewington produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

90:00 +1:11

The official flags Daniel Powell offside. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:43

Dean Bowditch takes a shot. Save by David Lucas.

89:24

Outswinging corner taken by Brian Barry-Murphy, Marcus Holness produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

88:14 Substitution

Substitution Jabo Ibehre leaves the field to be replaced by Shaun Williams.

85:09

Short corner taken by Angelo Balanta.

84:38

Ashley Grimes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David Martin makes a save.

83:28

Indirect free kick taken by Dean Lewington.

83:28 Substitution

Substitution Charlie MacDonald goes off and Angelo Balanta comes on.

83:28

Stephen Gleeson fouled by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, the ref awards a free kick.

82:12

Brian Barry-Murphy takes the free kick.

82:12 Booking

Booking Jabo Ibehre shown a yellow card.

81:45

Stephen Gleeson is penalised for a handball.

78:10 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Eccleston joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Tutte.

77:09

Dean Bowditch has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

74:37 Substitution

Substitution Dean Bowditch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Chadwick.

73:30 Substitution

Substitution Harry Bunn replaces Nicky Adams.

72:03

Foul by Luke Chadwick on Gary Jones, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Brian Barry-Murphy from the free kick.

71:25

Nicky Adams fouled by Darren Potter, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Adams takes the free kick.

68:40

Corner taken by Brian Barry-Murphy from the right by-line, clearance by Jabo Ibehre.

65:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stephen Gleeson from the left by-line, clearance by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

61:40

David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

61:40 Substitution

Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro coming on for Jason Kennedy.

61:40

Corner taken by Dean Lewington from the right by-line, Darren Potter challenges Stephen Jordan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

59:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jabo Ibehre by Dean Holden. Darren Potter takes the free kick.

56:30

The referee blows for offside. Dean Lewington takes the free kick.

55:14

Inswinging corner taken by Dean Lewington from the right by-line, Stephen Jordan manages to make a clearance.

53:25

Shot by Gary Jones. David Martin makes a save.

51:11

Charlie MacDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Lucas takes the free kick.

50:21

Nicky Adams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Smith. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Smith.

49:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ashley Grimes. Adam Smith restarts play with the free kick.

48:32

Corner taken left-footed by Dean Lewington, save made by David Lucas.

47:53

Shot by Luke Chadwick. Save by David Lucas.

46:53

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy, clearance made by Mark Beevers.

45:36

Shot from just outside the area by Charlie MacDonald misses to the right of the target.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Barry-Murphy by Stephen Gleeson. Free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.

41:39

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dean Lewington, Stephen Jordan manages to make a clearance.

40:23

Inswinging corner taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.

39:58

Dean Lewington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

37:34

Dean Lewington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Kennedy. Free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.

35:29

Charlie MacDonald challenges Dean Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

30:59

The assist for the goal came from Luke Chadwick.

30:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Beevers - MK Dons 3 - 1 Rochdale Mark Beevers finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Rochdale.

30:24

Corner from the left by-line taken by Stephen Gleeson, clearance made by Stephen Darby.

27:11

Inswinging corner taken by Dean Lewington.

26:22

Shot from just outside the box by Nicky Adams goes over the crossbar.

21:35

Assist on the goal came from Luke Chadwick.

21:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie MacDonald - MK Dons 2 - 1 Rochdale Charlie MacDonald fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 Rochdale.

20:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Grimes on Dean Lewington. Dean Lewington takes the free kick.

19:56

The official flags Luke Chadwick offside. David Lucas takes the indirect free kick.

16:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Smith - MK Dons 1 - 1 Rochdale Adam Smith fires in a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Rochdale.

9:46

Corner taken left-footed by Dean Lewington, clearance by Brian Barry-Murphy.

7:53

Nicky Adams provided the assist for the goal.

7:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Brian Barry-Murphy - MK Dons 0 - 1 Rochdale Brian Barry-Murphy scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Rochdale.

7:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Chadwick on Nicky Adams.

3:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Adam Smith. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Adams, Dean Lewington manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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