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Brentford 3-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Brentford celebrate

Brentford will end 2013 top of League One following a comfortable 3-1 home win against Milton Keynes Dons - their 11th victory in 12 league games.

The Bees leapfrog Leyton Orient and Wolves, who drew 1-1 at Molineux.

Clayton Donaldson's powerful effort gave in-form Brentford the perfect start, before Sam Saunders set up Marcelo Trotta to make it 2-0.

Saunders scored from 20 yards to seal the win before Lee Hodson fired past David Button to net a consolation.

The margin of victory would have been greater, but for an excellent save by David Martin to deny Alan McCormack before the break and Trotta's volley flying wide.

Brentford have taken 34 points from the last 36 on offer to them, while the Dons remain in mid-table.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson

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Post-match: MK Dons boss Robinson

"For the first hour we were poor. We looked lethargic, and slightly off it, although the last half hour we were sensational - how we moved the ball and tried to get back into the game.

"It's been a good month for us. I'll take that one defeat over a period of time, and hopefully over the next few months we can kick on again.

"I think we showed how fragile we were and how young we were today. But it takes nothing away from the month, it's been a good month, and there's still a lot more to come from us."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 17SavilleBooked at 29mins
  • 24Bidwell
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 81'minutes
  • 6Dean
  • 5Craig
  • 7Saunders
  • 8Douglas
  • 9DonaldsonBooked at 44mins
  • 12McCormackSubstituted forLoganat 67'minutes
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forDallasat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 10El Alagui
  • 14Logan
  • 15Dallas
  • 19Fillo
  • 20Diagouraga

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 5Hodson
  • 3Lewington
  • 11SmithBooked at 4minsSubstituted forAlliat 57'minutes
  • 23Spence
  • 6Williams
  • 12Reeves
  • 8PotterBooked at 76mins
  • 15Bamford
  • 22CarruthersBooked at 27mins
  • 26JenningsSubstituted forBaldockat 62'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 14Alli
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Galloway
  • 21Banton
  • 24Kay
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
8,010

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 3, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 3, MK Dons 1.

Attempt missed. George Baldock (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Attempt blocked. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Farid El Alagui replaces Marcello Trotta.

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

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Brentford).

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

Booking

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

Booking

Darren Potter (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 3, MK Dons 1. Lee Hodson (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by George Baldock.

Attempt blocked. George Baldock (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Lee Hodson (MK Dons).

Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Shaleum Logan replaces Alan McCormack.

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

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

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Dale Jennings.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Adam Forshaw.

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

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

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 3, MK Dons 0. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Bamidele Alli replaces Alan Smith.

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

Attempt blocked. Darren Potter (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, MK Dons 0. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Saunders.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2315441749
2Leyton Orient2314632548
3Wolves2314632148
4Preston2312831044
5Peterborough231238839
6Rotherham231085838
7Port Vale231139036
8Swindon231049934
9Walsall23977434
10Bradford237106931
11MK Dons22949431
12Coventry231166829
13Crawley23788-529
14Colchester23698-427
15Carlisle237610-1227
16Gillingham247512-1026
17Sheff Utd236710-725
18Oldham226610-524
19Shrewsbury235810-423
20Tranmere236512-1623
21Bristol City234109-322
22Crewe235612-2621
23Stevenage235414-2019
24Notts County245316-1118
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