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Milton Keynes Dons 1-3 Coventry City

Debutant Chris Maguire scored two stunning late free-kicks as Coventry came from behind to win at MK Dons.

Shaun Williams's penalty after Dan Seaborne pushed over Ben Reeves on the stroke of half-time put Dons in front after they dominated the first period.

Sky Blues debutant Chris Dagnall levelled with a deflected strike before Maguire curled in an exquisite effort.

The Sheffield Wednesday loanee then secured the win with another fantastic curling free-kick in the last minute.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: MK Dons boss Robinson

"I don't think anyone who had seen [the game] would say that we were poor. But it's still not good enough because we've not won the game.

"We dominated the first half, scored a very deserved goal. Second half, they were kicking into seven and a half thousand fans. There was going to be momentum.

"We denied them opportunities but they were on top. A wicked deflection and then probably two of the best free kicks you're going to see at Stadium MK.

"I'm not going to come here and say everything's all rosy in the garden.

"I'm still in the most difficult position I've been in, but in the three and a half years I've been here I've never shirked my responsibility, I've never turned my back on anything, and that won't be the case this time."

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"I thought our second-half performance was terrific. We played with intensity, with energy. I was really really proud of them, because that is the Coventry City of 2013-2014. That it is the team everybody's been talking about.

"I'm so desperate to give these supporters success. I can't tell you how much I want to bring this club back to where it belongs.

"That today was quite phenomenal. The atmosphere in the stadium was terrific and I think it was big thank you from our players today.

"I though all-in-all it was a really positive day for us and gets us back to winning ways after a slight dip. When we go through dips like we do then we ask the question 'how is their character and how is their mentality?'. Today that young group of players gave the perfect answer."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 16McLoughlin
  • 5Hodson
  • 3Lewington
  • 7GleesonBooked at 39mins
  • 23Spence
  • 6Williams
  • 17PowellSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes
  • 8PotterBooked at 55mins
  • 15Bamford
  • 12ReevesSubstituted forCarruthersat 88'minutes
  • 26JenningsSubstituted forAlliat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 11Smith
  • 14Alli
  • 18Baldock
  • 21Banton
  • 22Carruthers
  • 50Burns

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 2Christie
  • 3Adams
  • 6C Thomas
  • 24Clarke
  • 15Seaborne
  • 8BakerSubstituted forMaguireat 65'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 21DagnallSubstituted forWebsterat 90+4'minutes
  • 20C WilsonBooked at 60mins
  • 14MoussaSubstituted forPhillipsat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 12Maguire
  • 13Burge
  • 18Phillips
  • 30Garner
  • 31Haynes
  • 33Maund
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
14,988

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 1, Coventry City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Coventry City 3.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

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

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Andy Webster replaces Chris Dagnall.

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Daniel Seaborne.

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

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

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Phillips (Coventry City).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 1, Coventry City 3. Chris Maguire (Coventry City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Aaron Phillips replaces Franck Moussa.

Hand ball by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Samir Carruthers replaces Ben Reeves.

Booking

Chris Maguire (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 1, Coventry City 2. Chris Maguire (Coventry City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Chris Maguire (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Alan Smith replaces Daniel Powell.

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

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Bamidele Alli replaces Dale Jennings.

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Chris Maguire (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (MK Dons) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 1, Coventry City 1. Chris Dagnall (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Chris Maguire replaces Carl Baker.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient19134242172543
2Wolves19134232112143
3Preston19107228171137
4Brentford19114429191037
5Peterborough19112628181035
6Rotherham198743123831
7Swindon1993735251030
8Port Vale199282828029
9Bradford1877431201128
10Walsall197662018227
11Coventry1910454134724
12MK Dons186482829-122
13Shrewsbury195772122-122
14Crawley195771924-522
15Oldham176382224-221
16Colchester194962126-521
17Gillingham1963102432-821
18Carlisle195681932-1321
19Tranmere195592334-1120
20Sheff Utd1945101727-1017
21Stevenage1952121932-1317
22Crewe1944111540-2516
23Bristol City192982632-615
24Notts County1932141833-1511
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