Stefan Scougall's 23rd-minute strike as enough to earn Sheffield United all three points at MK Dons.

The Blades were rarely threatened in a scrappy game at Stadium:MK that saw the Dons' play-off hopes dealt a blow.

On-loan Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady's through ball sent Scougall clear of the Blades defence, and he coolly fired in from close range.

The Blades' eighth straight win lifts them up to 12th in League One, while MK Dons are six points off the play-offs.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We can't say that we were dominant or classy in possession, because we were far from it. I'm sick of players not doing enough. One or two need to do a lot better.

"A lot of people need to do a lot better. We worked hard. It's the quality that was a million miles away.

"The pitch is not only uneven, it's dry, and you can't play on it. We can't play our style of football on it."

Blades boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"That's how we've been playing. We could have had a second goal in the second half.

"In the second half, we played well enough to get one.

"After the hard work that we've asked from the players, today was at a different level."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 03 Lewington
  • 10 Chadwick Booked (Smith - 52' )
  • 24 Kay
  • 23 Spence
  • 06 Cole (Odelusi - 53' )
  • 12 Reeves
  • 13 McLeod
  • 14 Alli
  • 17 Powell (Hall - 52' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 11 Smith
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 21 Hall
  • 25 Hickford
  • 27 Odelusi
  • 28 Collinge
  • 49 Summerfield

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Brayford (Davies - 17' )
  • 03 Harris
  • 08 Doyle
  • 15 Collins
  • 06 Hill
  • 07 Flynn
  • 17 Coady
  • 11 Baxter Booked
  • 21 Scougall (Kennedy - 81' )
  • 23 Murphy (Porter - 40' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Porter
  • 12 Miller
  • 18 Paynter
  • 22 Davies
  • 25 Long
  • 32 Kennedy
  • 38 Reed
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 9,192

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

4 4

Corners

9 4

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 0, Sheffield United 1.

90:00 +4:27 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Sheffield United 1.

90:00 +4:06

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

90:00 +4:06

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:05

Hand ball by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

90:00 +1:52 Booking

Booking Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:48

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:48

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

89:29

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

89:29

(Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:51

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Robert Harris.

88:11

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:11

Foul by Robert Harris (Sheffield United).

86:51

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

86:24

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

86:09

Attempt blocked. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:22

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

85:22

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:40

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Neill Collins.

80:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Terry Kennedy replaces Stefan Scougall because of an injury.

79:54

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

78:01

Attempt missed. Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is too high.

73:29

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

73:29

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:39

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

67:59

Attempt saved. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

67:34 Booking

Booking Ryan Hall (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

67:30

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:30

Foul by Ryan Hall (MK Dons).

65:48

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

62:15

Attempt saved. George Baldock (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

58:19

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Alan Smith.

57:54

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:02

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:02

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

56:27

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

56:18

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Neill Collins.

56:13

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

54:07

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:07

Foul by Ryan Hall (MK Dons).

52:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Larnell Cole.

51:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Ryan Hall replaces Daniel Powell.

51:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Alan Smith replaces Luke Chadwick.

51:26 Booking

Booking Luke Chadwick (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

51:23

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:23

Foul by Luke Chadwick (MK Dons).

48:19

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:00

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

46:47

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:47

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 0, Sheffield United 1.

45:00 +3:33 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 0, Sheffield United 1.

45:00 +3:06

Attempt missed. Anthony Kay (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00 +2:41

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

45:00 +1:46

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Neill Collins.

45:00 +0:33

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Neill Collins.

39:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Jamie Murphy because of an injury.

37:17

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Robert Harris.

34:51

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

34:10

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:10

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

32:24

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:24

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

31:29

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

30:30

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

30:30

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

28:37

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

28:37

Luke Chadwick (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:05

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:05

Foul by Larnell Cole (MK Dons).

22:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 0, Sheffield United 1. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Coady.

21:56

Attempt missed. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

19:12

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

19:12

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

16:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces John Brayford because of an injury.

13:23

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Howard.

13:06

Attempt saved. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

10:50

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

10:38

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

8:35

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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