League One
MK Dons1Walsall0

Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Walsall

Shaun Williams' free-kick gave MK Dons a much-needed win over Walsall to move them up to eighth in League One.

The first chance of the game fell to Walsall but Sam Manton was denied by a good save from David Martin.

The home side rallied and Patrick Bamford went close with a dipping effort from Lee Hodson's cross.

They took the lead when Williams sweetly struck free-kick went in off the post and they were able to see the game out to secure victory.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson on Walsall win

"I don't think it was ever going to be a classic because of our confidence being knocked slightly and people questioning one or two things, so I thought the way the players responded was magnificent.

"I think today the back four were tremendous. My two men of the match were Shaun Williams and Darren Potter - they were sensational.

"We're gonna be under the radar. That's the way we are. We're not really a top-10 team with all the injuries we're having.

"To be where we are is marvellous. This has been probably my hardest week I've ever had as a manager of this football club."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1MartinSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 77'minutes
  • 5Hodson
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 23Spence
  • 6Williams
  • 17Powell
  • 10ChadwickSubstituted forMcLeodat 54'minutes
  • 15BamfordBooked at 84mins
  • 12ReevesSubstituted forSmithat 75'minutes
  • 21Banton

Substitutes

  • 2Otsemobor
  • 4Flanagan
  • 11Smith
  • 13McLeod
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 22Carruthers

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 6FeatherstoneSubstituted forSawyersat 62'minutes
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 11HemmingsSubstituted forLalkovicat 74'minutes
  • 10Westcarr
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forHewittat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 9Lalkovic
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 25Sawyers
  • 27Gray
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
7,711

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Walsall 0.

Attempt missed. Troy Hewitt (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

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

Shaun Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Darren Potter.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces James Baxendale.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Booking

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Hand ball by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ian McLoughlin replaces David Martin because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Alan Smith replaces Ben Reeves.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Ashley Hemmings.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Lee Hodson (MK Dons).

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lee Hodson (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 1, Walsall 0. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Nicky Featherstone.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

Lee Hodson (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

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

Jason Banton (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

Hand ball by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Izale McLeod replaces Luke Chadwick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient1512212438
2Wolves1411211935
3Peterborough1510231332
4Preston15762727
5Brentford15834327
6Bradford156541023
7Swindon15726923
8MK Dons15645422
9Walsall15645222
10Rotherham15564-121
11Coventry159331220
12Port Vale15627-320
13Crawley14545-219
14Colchester15384-517
15Shrewsbury15375-116
16Oldham15438-415
17Gillingham15438-615
18Carlisle14437-1215
19Stevenage15429-814
20Tranmere15348-1413
21Crewe15348-1913
22Sheff Utd15339-1012
23Bristol City14176-610
24Notts County153111-1210
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