Dele Alli's hat-trick saw MK Dons close in on the League One play-offs.

Alli made the most of erratic Magpies defending to give the visitors an early lead with a calm finish.

Hayden Mullins' backpass was intercepted by Izale McLeod who raced through on goal to square for Alli to grab his second.

County's Alan Sheehan converted from the spot after Jordan Spence had handled, but Alli ended their comeback when he fired home in the last minute.

MK Dons are now in seventh place in the table, three points behind Peterborough in sixth.

Karl Robinson's side could have been behind in the opening minute after Callum McGregor saw a shot saved before Mullins hit the bar.

But bottom side County kept plugging away and after Sheehan's penalty, the visitors had to wait the dying moments for Alli to make the game safe.

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"[It's a feeling] of absolute bemusement if I'm honest.

"I've just looked at the goals again. It was absolute schoolboy defending all over the pitch.

"We gave goals away. You look at the decisions that they make in terms of how consistent they were in making their decisions and how inconsistent we are and that's why we are where we are.

"To go from Saturday to this performance baffles me."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We're disappointed with our performance, we should have been out of sight in the first half.

"The game was scrappy, it was horrible. There was no real quality. But we keep coming up with these results, we keep getting round it.

"Dele [Alli] is probably one of the most gifted 17-year-old's this country has ever seen.

"The kid is as good as it gets. He's the best young player I've ever worked with. I rested him for six weeks and that rest is now starting to help him."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 12 Mullins
  • 05 Smith Booked
  • 06 Leacock (Hollis - 38' )
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 04 Liddle (Fotheringham - 67' )
  • 39 Tyson
  • 08 McGregor (Murray - 57' )
  • 07 Grealish Booked

Substitutes

  • 17 Waite
  • 19 Murray
  • 22 Fotheringham
  • 23 Speiss
  • 26 Hollis
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 32 Dixon

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 18 Baldock Booked
  • 03 Lewington
  • 14 Alli Booked
  • 23 Spence
  • 24 Kay
  • 17 Powell
  • 07 Gleeson Booked
  • 13 McLeod Booked
  • 11 Smith Booked
  • 27 Odelusi (Bowditch - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Flanagan
  • 09 Bowditch
  • 10 Chadwick
  • 20 Rasulo
  • 21 Hall
  • 28 Collinge
  • 50 Burns
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 3,331

Match Stats

Shots

10 12

On target

4 7

Corners

3 4

Fouls

12 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Notts County 1, MK Dons 3.

90:00 +4:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Notts County 1, MK Dons 3.

90:00 +3:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 1, MK Dons 3. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Powell following a fast break.

90:00 +2:23

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

89:19

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

89:19

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

88:45

Attempt missed. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

87:20

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:20

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

86:40

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

86:02

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

86:02

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

84:12

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

83:12

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Notts County).

83:12

Alan Smith (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:20

Hand ball by Jack Grealish (Notts County).

77:53

Hand ball by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

77:06 Booking

Booking Manny Smith (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

76:53

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

76:53

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

74:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch replaces Sanmi Odelusi.

72:29

Hand ball by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

72:07

Haydn Hollis (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:07

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

71:05

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Notts County).

71:05

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

70:45 Booking

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

70:16

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:16

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

69:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 1, MK Dons 2. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

68:34

Penalty conceded by Jordan Spence (MK Dons) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

67:46

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:01

Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:01

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons).

66:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Mark Fotheringham replaces Gary Liddle.

65:48

Attempt missed. Gary Liddle (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

63:34

Attempt missed. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

62:42

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Notts County).

62:42

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

62:21

Attempt blocked. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

60:20

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

60:20

Alan Smith (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:37 Booking

Booking George Baldock (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

59:25 Booking

Booking Jack Grealish (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

58:26

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:26

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

56:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Ronan Murray replaces Callum McGregor.

54:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 0, MK Dons 2. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Powell following a fast break.

49:26

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

49:26

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

48:58

Attempt saved. Nathan Tyson (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:27

Attempt missed. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Notts County 0, MK Dons 1.

45:00 +2:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Notts County 0, MK Dons 1.

42:30

Foul by Gary Liddle (Notts County).

42:30

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

41:14 Booking

Booking Alan Smith (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

40:56

Gary Liddle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:26

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

38:34

Nathan Tyson (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:34

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

37:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Haydn Hollis replaces Dean Leacock.

36:06

Hand ball by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

35:21

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

34:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

32:54

Delay in match Nathan Tyson (Notts County) because of an injury.

32:12

Attempt blocked. Hayden Mullins (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:29

Foul by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

31:29

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:00

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:58

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

23:17

Attempt missed. Anthony Kay (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

22:49

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

22:34

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

22:20

Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

19:05

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

18:01

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

18:01

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

17:00 Booking

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

16:53

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

16:53

Bartosz Bialkowski (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:42

Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

16:42

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

15:31

Attempt saved. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

13:51

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mustapha Dumbuya.

11:27 Booking

Booking Izale McLeod (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

11:23

Hand ball by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

11:07

Attempt saved. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

8:42

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:42

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

6:54

Attempt missed. Nathan Tyson (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

5:02

Callum McGregor (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:02

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

4:34

Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

2:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 0, MK Dons 1. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Spence.

1:31

Hayden Mullins (Notts County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

1:03

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by David Martin.

0:49

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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