MK Dons scored three goals in the first half as they brushed aside Port Vale.

Midfielder Stephen Gleeson opened the scoring as his 30-yard strike flew in off the post before Ben Reeves doubled the lead from the edge of the box.

Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford wrapped up the game just after the half hour when he met Reeves's low cross for his 15th goal of the season.

The Valiants failed to create any clear chances as Dons secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

VIEW FROM DRESSING ROOM

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We all knew how difficult it would be today. The wonder goal that set us off from Stephen (Gleeson), which is typical of him. But also Reeves is quality at the moment; the all round goal for Patrick (Bamford). He must be up there now with one of the leading goal scorers up and down the country. I can't ask any more from a group of players.

"Players are back fit. I've always been screaming from the hill tops if I've not got players fit; Stephen getting back to full form, Reeves is now playing more persistently.

"We're still nowhere near where we want to be. I think it's important we still keep our feet firmly on the ground. There's been years gone by where you would have seen me shouting from the rooftops, but I think we all know there's still an awful lot of work still to be done.

"We're still very young and fragile, but we're a very young group learning and getting better. I just hope I can keep all these players."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 05 Hodson
  • 03 Lewington
  • 08 Potter
  • 23 Spence
  • 06 Williams
  • 22 Carruthers (Galloway - 87' )
  • 07 Gleeson (Kay - 83' Booked )
  • 15 Bamford
  • 12 Reeves
  • 26 Jennings (Baldock - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Flanagan
  • 11 Smith
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 19 Galloway
  • 21 Banton
  • 24 Kay

Port Vale

  • 12 Johnson
  • 24 Duffy
  • 05 Dickinson
  • 18 Lines Booked
  • 06 Chilvers
  • 04 Robertson
  • 26 Birchall (Williamson - 65' )
  • 03 Jones (Griffith - 30' )
  • 10 Tomlin
  • 11 Pope
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Shuker - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Dodds
  • 15 Shuker
  • 19 Williamson
  • 21 Griffith
  • 29 Hughes
  • 34 Boot
  • 39 Hugill
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 7,882

Match Stats

Shots

19 12

On target

9 4

Corners

11 8

Fouls

6 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 3, Port Vale 0.

90:00 +6:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Port Vale 0.

90:00 +4:25

Attempt missed. Liam Chilvers (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high.

90:00 +4:00

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

90:00 +4:00

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:51 Booking

Booking Anthony Kay (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:43

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

90:00 +2:43

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:19

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Johnson.

90:00 +2:04

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:35

Foul by Brendan Galloway (MK Dons).

90:00 +1:35

Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:36

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

86:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Brendan Galloway replaces Samir Carruthers.

83:44

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

83:29

Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

83:04

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

82:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Anthony Kay replaces Stephen Gleeson.

80:32

Attempt missed. Liam Chilvers (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

80:03

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

79:12

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

76:46

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Dale Jennings.

72:33

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

71:10

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

71:10

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:05

Attempt blocked. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

66:37

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

64:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Shuker replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams.

64:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Chris Birchall.

64:17

Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

63:58

Attempt saved. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:13

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

60:31

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Anthony Griffith.

59:04

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

58:28

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

56:58

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

56:36

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Martin.

56:17

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:25

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

53:55

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

53:35

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

53:00

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:56

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

52:09

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

51:51

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

51:02

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

49:36

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:36

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

48:18

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

48:00

Attempt saved. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 3, Port Vale 0.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 3, Port Vale 0.

45:00 +1:43

Attempt missed. Chris Birchall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00 +1:12

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00 +1:00

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:58

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

44:28

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

43:49

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

42:10

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:23

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

41:07

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:19

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

39:19

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

35:37

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:37

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

31:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 3, Port Vale 0. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Reeves with a cross.

29:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Anthony Griffith replaces Daniel Jones because of an injury.

25:23

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

22:30

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:30

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

22:00

Attempt blocked. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:04

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:04

Foul by Liam Chilvers (Port Vale).

18:19

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:36

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

12:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 2, Port Vale 0. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

12:19

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Johnson.

12:02

Attempt saved. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

9:55

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

9:01

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

9:01

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

6:12

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:12

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

4:25

Attempt saved. Chris Lines (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

3:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 1, Port Vale 0. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

2:44

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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