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Walsall 0-3 Milton Keynes Dons

Izale McLeod

Striker Izale McLeod scored a goal in each half as MK Dons ended Walsall's seven-game unbeaten run with an impressive win at the Bescot Stadium.

The home defence struggled in the blustery wind and McLeod clipped over keeper Richard O'Donnell for the first.

Andy Butler was then sent off for bringing McLeod down in the box and Ben Reeves doubled the lead from the spot.

McLeod fired his seventh of the season before sub Michael Ngoo missed a spot-kick for Walsall after he was fouled.

The 6ft 6ins striker, making his debut following his recent arrival on loan from Liverpool, shot tamely at David Martin in the 89th minute to cap a below-par showing from the Saddlers, who had the wind in their favour after the break, but were unable to trouble the Dons defence.

Walsall dropped one place to seventh as a result of the defeat, with the visitors - who had lost their three previous games - climbing two places to ninth, seven points outside the play-off places.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Karl Robinson: MK Dons boss on Walsall win

"I thought the players deserved tremendous credit today because they took an awful lot of criticism, and they've come here today, they've worked on a certain system.

"It was a good performance. Before the game I was in quite a positive mood; the lads have worked hard all week.

"(McLeod's) second goal was a wonder goal, but he scored two and won a penalty, so I think the man of match decision is quite easy. "

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 14Benning
  • 7Chambers
  • 12Downing
  • 4ButlerBooked at 43mins
  • 29BrandySubstituted forFeatherstoneat 77'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 10WestcarrSubstituted forNgooat 64'minutes
  • 25SawyersSubstituted forMcQuilkinat 81'minutes
  • 9Lalkovic

Substitutes

  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 16Baxendale
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 5Hodson
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 24Kay
  • 23Spence
  • 17PowellSubstituted forBaldockat 85'minutes
  • 7Gleeson
  • 13McLeodSubstituted forChadwickat 90+1'minutes
  • 12Reeves
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forHallat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Chadwick
  • 11Smith
  • 14Alli
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Galloway
  • 21Hall
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
4,116

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, MK Dons 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, MK Dons 3.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Luke Chadwick replaces Izale McLeod.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Nicky Featherstone.

Penalty saved! Michael Ngoo (Walsall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Walsall. Michael Ngoo draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Anthony Kay (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ryan Hall replaces Samir Carruthers.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Daniel Powell.

Foul by James McQuilkin (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James McQuilkin replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Nicky Featherstone replaces Febian Brandy.

Attempt blocked. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, MK Dons 3. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Craig Westcarr.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Darren Potter.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

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

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford29196451272463
2Wolves29187449202961
3Leyton Orient29186560283260
4Preston291510440281255
5Rotherham29149651381351
6Peterborough29153115041948
7Walsall30121083629746
8Swindon30135124941844
9MK Dons29116124442239
10Port Vale28123134145-439
11Gillingham31115154253-1138
12Coventry2913885751637
13Bradford2971484137435
14Colchester2681083534134
15Oldham3097143442-834
16Crawley2571082934-531
17Tranmere3087153352-1931
18Crewe3087153357-2431
19Notts County3193194050-1030
20Carlisle2986153351-1830
21Sheff Utd2878132838-1029
22Bristol City30513124249-728
23Shrewsbury3069152841-1327
24Stevenage2774162745-1825
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