Dean Bowditch scored on his return from injury as MK Dons beat Shrewsbury.

Dele Alli nodded the home side ahead within five minutes before Ryan Woods bundled home for the visitors.

Everton loan man Chris Long squeezed in a rebound to put the Dons in front on his debut before Bowditch extended their lead with a superb shot.

Joe Jacobson's well-taken consolation goal gave Town late hope but MK Dons held on to move within four points of the League One play-off places.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I think all your headlines should be about an 18-year-old scoring - that's remarkable.

"The story goes I made him cry when he came on trial at Liverpool at age seven.

"He certainly made me happy today. I'm very pleased to get him - he has got a lot more learning to do, but I'm going to work very hard with him."

"I don't think there's many clubs anywhere in the country that can boast our youth and energy."

Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"When we went 3-1 down we showed a lot of character to get back into the game.

"When you concede so early in the game like that your game plan goes out the window, so to equalise so quickly was good.

"But when you look at the number of crosses and set-plays that we got into their box, we deserved to get something.

"It was sloppy defending from us for two of their goals and that is disappointing - as we showed a lot of fight to get back into it."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 03 Lewington
  • 07 Gleeson Booked
  • 24 Kay
  • 06 Williams
  • 22 Carruthers (Bowditch - 70' )
  • 12 Reeves
  • 15 Long (McLeod - 82' )
  • 08 Potter
  • 14 Alli Booked (Powell - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Bowditch
  • 10 Chadwick
  • 11 Smith
  • 13 McLeod
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 17 Powell
  • 19 Galloway

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 18 Goldson (Bradshaw - 92' )
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 22 Woods
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 06 Winfield
  • 30 Schmeltz
  • 15 Wildig (Hall - 45' )
  • 24 Eaves
  • 08 McAllister
  • 11 Taylor Booked

Substitutes

  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 12 McQuade
  • 14 Marsden
  • 17 Parry
  • 25 Anyon
  • 29 Hall
  • 31 Smith
Ref: Michael Bull
Att: 7,408

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

7 4

Corners

11 3

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 3, Shrewsbury Town 2.

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Shrewsbury Town 2.

90:00 +4:31

Attempt saved. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) header from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +2:51

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by George Baldock.

90:00 +2:32

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Bradshaw replaces Connor Goldson because of an injury.

89:00

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:05

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

87:35

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

87:00

Izale McLeod (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:49

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

85:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 3, Shrewsbury Town 2. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Asa Hall.

84:02

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sidney Schmeltz.

82:05

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

82:05

Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Izale McLeod replaces Chris Long.

80:58

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Dave Winfield.

80:19

Attempt blocked. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

78:01

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:01

Foul by Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town).

75:37

Attempt missed. Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

75:18

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

75:18

Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 3, Shrewsbury Town 1. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

72:48

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

72:10

Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:10

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

71:57 Booking

Booking Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

69:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch replaces Samir Carruthers.

63:32

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

63:32

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Bamidele Alli.

60:09

Attempt saved. Anthony Kay (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

59:31

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

58:53

Attempt missed. Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

58:37

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

57:30

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

57:30

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:46

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

54:07

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

53:27

Chris Long (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:27

Foul by Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town).

52:14

Foul by Chris Long (MK Dons).

52:14

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:48

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by George Baldock.

51:03

Attempt missed. Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

49:14

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

46:51

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:51

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Asa Hall replaces Aaron Wildig.

45:00 +3:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.

45:00 +3:23

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Weale.

45:00 +2:50

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

45:00 +1:14

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:14

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

43:10

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

41:56

Attempt missed. Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

41:25

Hand ball by Shaun Williams (MK Dons).

40:30

Attempt missed. Chris Long (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

39:28

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:28

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

37:00

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

37:00

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:30

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

36:00

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:58

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

35:33

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:33

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

33:33

Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:33

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

32:28

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:28

Foul by Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town).

31:46 Booking

Booking Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

31:37

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

31:37

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:19

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

30:01

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Dave Winfield.

29:02

Attempt missed. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

27:00

Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:54

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

25:36

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

21:44

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Dave Winfield.

20:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 2, Shrewsbury Town 1. Chris Long (MK Dons) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

20:35

Attempt saved. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

19:37

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:37

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

18:31

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

17:45

Attempt blocked. Chris Long (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

16:53

Attempt saved. Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

16:04

Attempt missed. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

13:41

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

11:41

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.

11:19 Booking

Booking Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

11:15

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:15

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

9:23

Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:23

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

7:51

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:51

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

6:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 1, Shrewsbury Town 1. Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Wildig with a cross.

6:07

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

3:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson with a cross.

1:08

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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