Striker Izale McLeod scored a goal in each half as MK Dons ended Walsall's seven-game unbeaten run with an impressive win at the Bescot Stadium.

The home defence struggled in the blustery wind and McLeod clipped over keeper Richard O'Donnell for the first.

Andy Butler was then sent off for bringing McLeod down in the box and Ben Reeves doubled the lead from the spot.

McLeod fired his seventh of the season before sub Michael Ngoo missed a spot-kick for Walsall after he was fouled.

The 6ft 6ins striker, making his debut following his recent arrival on loan from Liverpool, shot tamely at David Martin in the 89th minute to cap a below-par showing from the Saddlers, who had the wind in their favour after the break, but were unable to trouble the Dons defence.

Walsall dropped one place to seventh as a result of the defeat, with the visitors - who had lost their three previous games - climbing two places to ninth, seven points outside the play-off places.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought the players deserved tremendous credit today because they took an awful lot of criticism, and they've come here today, they've worked on a certain system.

"It was a good performance. Before the game I was in quite a positive mood; the lads have worked hard all week.

"(McLeod's) second goal was a wonder goal, but he scored two and won a penalty, so I think the man of match decision is quite easy. "

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 02 Purkiss
  • 14 Benning
  • 07 Chambers
  • 12 Downing
  • 04 Butler Dismissed
  • 29 Brandy (Featherstone - 77' )
  • 08 Mantom
  • 10 Westcarr (Ngoo - 64' )
  • 25 Sawyers (McQuilkin - 81' )
  • 09 Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 13 Lewis
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 26 McQuilkin
  • 30 Ngoo

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 05 Hodson
  • 03 Lewington
  • 08 Potter
  • 24 Kay
  • 23 Spence
  • 17 Powell (Baldock - 85' )
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 13 McLeod (Chadwick - 91' )
  • 12 Reeves
  • 22 Carruthers (Hall - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Chadwick
  • 11 Smith
  • 14 Alli
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 19 Galloway
  • 21 Hall
Ref: James Linington
Att: 4,116

Match Stats

Shots

9 16

On target

3 5

Corners

6 4

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 0, MK Dons 3.

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 0, MK Dons 3.

90:00 +1:12

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

90:00 +0:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Luke Chadwick replaces Izale McLeod.

90:00 +0:25

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Nicky Featherstone.

89:07

Penalty saved! Michael Ngoo (Walsall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

88:20

Penalty Walsall. Michael Ngoo draws a foul in the penalty area.

88:20

Penalty conceded by Anthony Kay (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

87:19

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

84:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Ryan Hall replaces Samir Carruthers.

84:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Daniel Powell.

82:23

Foul by James McQuilkin (Walsall).

82:23

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

80:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. James McQuilkin replaces Romaine Sawyers.

80:08

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Paul Downing.

79:55

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

78:46

Attempt missed. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

78:03

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

76:57

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

76:32

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

76:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Nicky Featherstone replaces Febian Brandy.

75:52

Attempt blocked. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:08

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:08

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

73:05

Attempt saved. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

69:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, MK Dons 3. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

67:24

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

66:26

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

66:26

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

65:13

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

63:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Craig Westcarr.

63:28

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

61:14

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

61:14

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

60:29

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Darren Potter.

59:35

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:35

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

59:17

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:17

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

58:53

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

58:09

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Daniel Powell.

57:18

Hand ball by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

54:19

Attempt blocked. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:37

Hand ball by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

52:10

Attempt saved. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

49:07

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

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 0, MK Dons 2.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 0, MK Dons 2.

45:00 +1:57

Attempt saved. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00 +1:20

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Daniel Powell.

45:00 +0:30

Attempt missed. Jordan Spence (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

43:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, MK Dons 2. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

42:31 Dismissal

Dismissal Andrew Butler (Walsall) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

42:05

Penalty MK Dons. Izale McLeod draws a foul in the penalty area.

42:05

Penalty conceded by Andrew Butler (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

38:39

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

38:39

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:39

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

37:39

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:49

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

29:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, MK Dons 1. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Samir Carruthers.

28:03

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

25:25

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

25:25

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:47

Attempt missed. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

17:55

Attempt blocked. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:07

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

17:07

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

14:55

Izale McLeod (MK Dons) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

14:10

Anthony Kay (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:10

Foul by Craig Westcarr (Walsall).

10:28

Attempt saved. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

9:12

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

9:12

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

3:46

Attempt missed. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

1:58

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Paul Downing.

0:31

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:31

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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