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Milton Keynes Dons 3-2 Shrewsbury Town

Dean Bowditch

Dean Bowditch scored on his return from injury as MK Dons beat Shrewsbury.

Dele Alli nodded the home side ahead within five minutes before Ryan Woods bundled home for the visitors.

Everton loan man Chris Long squeezed in a rebound to put the Dons in front on his debut before Bowditch extended their lead with a superb shot.

Joe Jacobson's well-taken consolation goal gave Town late hope but MK Dons held on to move within four points of the League One play-off places.

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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 think all your headlines should be about an 18-year-old scoring - that's remarkable.

"The story goes I made him cry when he came on trial at Liverpool at age seven.

"He certainly made me happy today. I'm very pleased to get him - he has got a lot more learning to do, but I'm going to work very hard with him."

"I don't think there's many clubs anywhere in the country that can boast our youth and energy."

Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"When we went 3-1 down we showed a lot of character to get back into the game.

"When you concede so early in the game like that your game plan goes out the window, so to equalise so quickly was good.

"But when you look at the number of crosses and set-plays that we got into their box, we deserved to get something.

"It was sloppy defending from us for two of their goals and that is disappointing - as we showed a lot of fight to get back into it."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 18Baldock
  • 3Lewington
  • 7GleesonBooked at 72mins
  • 24Kay
  • 6Williams
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forBowditchat 70'minutes
  • 12Reeves
  • 15LongSubstituted forMcLeodat 82'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 14AlliBooked at 32minsSubstituted forPowellat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bowditch
  • 10Chadwick
  • 11Smith
  • 13McLeod
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 17Powell
  • 19Galloway

Shrewsbury

  • 1Weale
  • 18GoldsonSubstituted forBradshawat 90+2'minutes
  • 3Jacobson
  • 22Woods
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 6Winfield
  • 30Schmeltz
  • 15WildigSubstituted forHallat 45'minutes
  • 24Eaves
  • 8McAllister
  • 11TaylorBooked at 12mins

Substitutes

  • 9Bradshaw
  • 12McQuade
  • 14Marsden
  • 17Parry
  • 25Anyon
  • 29Hall
  • 31Smith
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
7,408

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 3, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Attempt saved. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) header from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by George Baldock.

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Bradshaw replaces Connor Goldson because of an injury.

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

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

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

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Shrewsbury Town 2. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Asa Hall.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sidney Schmeltz.

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Izale McLeod replaces Chris Long.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Dave Winfield.

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

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

Foul by Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Shrewsbury Town 1. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

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

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch replaces Samir Carruthers.

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Bamidele Alli.

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

Attempt missed. Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2517442155
2Leyton Orient2516633154
3Wolves2615742252
4Preston251384947
5Rotherham251186841
6Peterborough2512310539
7Walsall251087538
8Swindon2411491037
9Port Vale2511311-336
10MK Dons241059535
11Coventry2412661032
12Bradford257117632
13Colchester257108-131
14Crawley23788-529
15Gillingham268513-1229
16Oldham247611-527
17Carlisle257612-1727
18Shrewsbury266812-626
19Sheff Utd256712-925
20Tranmere256712-1625
21Notts County267316-724
22Crewe256613-2724
23Bristol City244119-323
24Stevenage245415-2119
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