Patrick Bamford's brace helped MK Dons to a convincing win over Stevenage and into the top six in League One.

Bamford opened the scoring with a glancing header from Shaun Williams' free-kick and added his second by slotting home Luke Chadwick's cut back.

Dele Alli poked home a third for the hosts before Darren Potter turned a Luke Freeman cross past his own goalkeeper to give Boro hope.

But Shaun Williams' penalty after Sam Wedgbury tripped Alli secured the win.

Stevenage have now conceded 10 goals in their last three games and this defeat leaves them languishing in 20th place, while MK Dons move up to sixth.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I know my players, I know this club, and in signs of adversity we always come back fighting.

"I thought the way we moved the ball around in the first half was sensational.

"Danny Green was sensational today. It's his best performance in an MK Dons shirt for me. And Deli Alli is one of the best English players in the country - fact."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"You can see youth and you can see inexperience. When they make mistakes, sometimes that's part of the learning process.

"I felt really harshly treated with the penalty. I did see the shirt pull on the outside of the box, and if it went on into the box, then the foul happened outside of the box.

"In the latter stages of the game we had always banked on the fact that they would tire and we'd come strong and sure enough as the game went on, Chadwick and Potter went off, that experience went out of their side and I think we became by far the more threatening side.

"On a different day we could even have gone on to get a leveller. There were a lot of positives for me today after the earlier catastrophies and that is what we'll go away and work with."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

MK Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 03 Lewington
  • 05 Hodson
  • 06 Williams
  • 24 Kay
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 08 Potter (Reeves - 82' )
  • 10 Chadwick (Powell - 70' )
  • 23 Green
  • 14 Alli (McLeod - 80' )
  • 15 Bamford

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 02 Otsemobor
  • 12 Reeves
  • 18 Baldock
  • 11 Smith
  • 13 McLeod
  • 17 Powell

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 03 Hills (Cowan - 46' )
  • 05 Ashton
  • 29 Hartley
  • 08 Dunne
  • 17 Tansey
  • 20 Smith (Tounkara - 69' )
  • 24 Doughty (Shroot - 90' )
  • 15 Freeman
  • 34 Deacon Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 06 Jones
  • 23 Lopez
  • 14 Heslop
  • 13 Cowan
  • 21 Tounkara
  • 32 Shroot
Ref: Woolmer
Att: 7,770

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

5 1

Corners

6 0

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:42

A cross is delivered by Sam Wedgbury.

90:00 +1:27 Substitution

Substitution Robin Shroot on for Michael Doughty.

90:00 +1:09

Danny Green produces a cross.

89:17

Shot by Oumare Tounkara went wide of the left-hand upright.

87:25

Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

86:49

Centre by Danny Green.

86:40

Stephen Gleeson takes the free kick.

86:19 Booking

Booking

86:19

Booking for Roarie Deacon for unsporting behaviour.

86:07

Roarie Deacon challenges Patrick Bamford unfairly and gives away a free kick.

83:57

Oumare Tounkara takes a shot. David Martin catches the ball.

82:37

Luke Freeman takes a shot and bounces off the post.

82:31

Free kick taken by Stephen Gleeson.

82:21

Greg Tansey handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

82:13

Free kick taken by Shaun Williams.

81:45 Substitution

Substitution Ben Reeves on for Darren Potter.

81:10

James Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Powell.

79:57

Sam Wedgbury manages to make a clearance.

79:53

The ball is crossed by Danny Green.

79:40

David Martin takes the free kick.

79:05 Substitution

Substitution Izale McLeod is brought on as a substitute for Bamidele Alli.

78:42

Don Cowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Williams.

77:58

Shaun Williams restarts play with the free kick.

75:43

The referee blows for offside.

73:33

Free kick taken by Chris Day.

73:18

Foul by Daniel Powell on Roarie Deacon, free kick awarded.

73:11

Clearance by David Martin.

73:02

Luke Freeman delivers the ball.

71:30

Free kick taken by Greg Tansey.

70:32

Unfair challenge on Luke Freeman by Patrick Bamford results in a free kick.

69:11 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Powell comes on in place of Luke Chadwick.

68:56 Substitution

Substitution Oumare Tounkara replaces Jimmy Smith.

68:25

Luke Chadwick takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

65:15

Luke Freeman restarts play with the free kick.

65:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Freeman by Patrick Bamford.

62:22

Shaun Williams restarts play with the free kick.

62:09

The official flags Don Cowan offside.

61:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Williams - MK Dons 4 - 1 Stevenage Penalty taken left-footed by Shaun Williams and scored. Milton Keynes Dons 4-1 Stevenage.

60:21

Sam Wedgbury concedes a Penalty for a foul on Bamidele Alli.

59:05

Clearance by Michael Doughty.

59:02

Danny Green delivers the ball.

58:16

Free kick crossed by Michael Doughty.

57:53

Darren Potter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Smith.

57:17

Header at goal by Patrick Bamford goes right of the post.

57:02

Shaun Williams crosses the ball in from the free kick.

56:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Green by Roarie Deacon.

54:50

Shot by Luke Freeman went wide of the left-hand post.

51:38

Shaun Williams has an effort at goal. Jon Ashton gets a block in.

51:13

Greg Tansey takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

49:53

Corner taken by Danny Green from the right by-line.

49:39

Clearance made by Michael Doughty.

49:36

Centre by Dean Lewington.

48:19

Darren Potter takes the free kick.

48:13

Greg Tansey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Potter.

47:22

Shaun Williams takes the free kick.

47:13

Unfair challenge on Darren Potter by Greg Tansey results in a free kick.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Lee Hills goes off and Don Cowan comes on.

45:00 +1:40 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:05

Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:42

Unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury by Bamidele Alli results in a free kick.

45:00 +0:26

Luke Freeman has an effort at goal.

44:33

Header at goal by Patrick Bamford misses left of the target.

44:30

Free kick crossed by Lee Hodson.

44:22

James Dunne takes the free kick.

43:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Williams by Greg Tansey.

43:26

Bamidele Alli takes a shot. Blocked by Jon Ashton.

43:09

Clearance by Jon Ashton.

43:05

Danny Green crosses the ball in from the free kick.

42:44

Lee Hills concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Green.

41:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Darren Potter - MK Dons 3 - 1 Stevenage Darren Potter concedes an own goal. Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Stevenage.

41:31

The ball is swung over by Luke Freeman.

40:07

Luke Chadwick has an effort at goal. Michael Doughty gets a block in.

40:02

Jon Ashton makes a clearance.

39:58

Corner taken by Shaun Williams.

39:36

Corner from the right by-line taken by Shaun Williams.

39:09

Lee Hodson crosses the ball.

38:04

Clearance by Jimmy Smith.

37:58

The ball is crossed by Lee Hodson.

36:38

Danny Green delivers the ball.

36:11

Antony Kay takes the free kick.

36:00

Roarie Deacon is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

34:39

Greg Tansey restarts play with the free kick.

34:07

Foul by Danny Green on Roarie Deacon, free kick awarded.

33:30

Clearance made by Bamidele Alli.

33:23

Sam Wedgbury crosses the ball.

30:04

Header by Bamidele Alli misses to the right of the target.

29:56

The ball is sent over by Danny Green.

29:47

Sam Wedgbury makes a clearance.

29:44

Corner taken by Danny Green.

29:23

Headed chance falls to Antony Kay. Chris Day turns it away with a finger tip save.

29:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Shaun Williams.

28:42

Free kick taken by Antony Kay.

28:35

Luke Freeman concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Hodson.

28:11

Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

27:53

Unfair challenge on Peter Hartley by Patrick Bamford results in a free kick.

25:22

Free kick taken by Chris Day.

25:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Ashton by Bamidele Alli.

24:52

Clearance by Jon Ashton.

24:47

The ball is swung over by Darren Potter.

22:56

Patrick Bamford provided the assist for the goal.

22:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Bamidele Alli - MK Dons 3 - 0 Stevenage Bamidele Alli scores a left footed goal. Milton Keynes Dons 3-0 Stevenage.

21:29

Assist on the goal came from Luke Chadwick.

21:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Patrick Bamford - MK Dons 2 - 0 Stevenage Patrick Bamford grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Stevenage.

17:21

Shot by Lee Hodson cleared the bar.

17:13

Bamidele Alli produces a cross.

16:56

Antony Kay restarts play with the free kick.

16:51

Jimmy Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

15:41

Antony Kay takes the free kick.

15:35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Roarie Deacon.

13:39

Chris Day manages to make a clearance.

13:31

Danny Green sends in a cross.

11:58

The assist for the goal came from Shaun Williams.

11:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Patrick Bamford - MK Dons 1 - 0 Stevenage Patrick Bamford heads the ball into the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Stevenage.

11:49

Free kick crossed by Shaun Williams.

11:13

Roarie Deacon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Green.

10:35

Roarie Deacon makes a clearance.

10:27

Corner taken by Shaun Williams.

9:22

Antony Kay restarts play with the free kick.

9:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Freeman.

8:31

Header at goal by Patrick Bamford misses to the right.

8:23

The ball is crossed by Dean Lewington.

7:07

Dean Lewington takes the free kick.

6:46

Sam Wedgbury challenges Bamidele Alli unfairly and gives away a free kick.

6:01

Bamidele Alli takes a shot.

3:30

Free kick taken by Chris Day.

3:05

The offside flag is raised against Luke Chadwick.

2:01

Shot by Michael Doughty went harmlessly over the bar.

0:30

Free kick taken by Lee Hills.

0:21

Danny Green challenges Michael Doughty unfairly and gives away a free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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