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MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons3Port ValePort Vale0

MK Dons 3-0 Port Vale

Patrick Bamford

MK Dons scored three goals in the first half as they brushed aside Port Vale.

Midfielder Stephen Gleeson opened the scoring as his 30-yard strike flew in off the post before Ben Reeves doubled the lead from the edge of the box.

Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford wrapped up the game just after the half hour when he met Reeves's low cross for his 15th goal of the season.

The Valiants failed to create any clear chances as Dons secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

VIEW FROM DRESSING ROOM

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We all knew how difficult it would be today. The wonder goal that set us off from Stephen (Gleeson), which is typical of him. But also Reeves is quality at the moment; the all round goal for Patrick (Bamford). He must be up there now with one of the leading goal scorers up and down the country. I can't ask any more from a group of players.

"Players are back fit. I've always been screaming from the hill tops if I've not got players fit; Stephen getting back to full form, Reeves is now playing more persistently.

"We're still nowhere near where we want to be. I think it's important we still keep our feet firmly on the ground. There's been years gone by where you would have seen me shouting from the rooftops, but I think we all know there's still an awful lot of work still to be done.

"We're still very young and fragile, but we're a very young group learning and getting better. I just hope I can keep all these players."

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Martin
  • 5Hodson
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 23Spence
  • 6Williams
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forGallowayat 87'minutes
  • 7GleesonSubstituted forKayat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15Bamford
  • 12Reeves
  • 26JenningsSubstituted forBaldockat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 11Smith
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Galloway
  • 21Banton
  • 24Kay

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Johnson
  • 24Duffy
  • 5Dickinson
  • 18LinesBooked at 50mins
  • 6Chilvers
  • 4Robertson
  • 26BirchallSubstituted forWilliamsonat 65'minutes
  • 3JonesSubstituted forGriffithat 30'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 11Pope
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forShukerat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Dodds
  • 15Shuker
  • 19Williamson
  • 21Griffith
  • 29Hughes
  • 34Boot
  • 39Hugill
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
7,882

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 3, Port Vale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Port Vale 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Chilvers (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

  5. Post update

    Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Booking

    Anthony Kay (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

  8. Post update

    Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Johnson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Galloway (MK Dons).

  12. Post update

    Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Brendan Galloway replaces Samir Carruthers.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Anthony Kay replaces Stephen Gleeson.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Chilvers (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient21135345212444
2Wolves21135335161944
3Brentford21134433191443
4Peterborough21123632211139
5Preston2110833022838
6Rotherham219843627935
7Swindon21103837271033
8Walsall219662318533
9Bradford2179534241030
10Port Vale219393033-330
11MK Dons208483329428
12Crawley216872428-426
13Coventry2110564438625
14Gillingham2274112938-925
15Colchester215972330-724
16Carlisle216692335-1224
17Shrewsbury215882224-223
18Oldham2064102328-522
19Sheff Utd2156101827-921
20Tranmere2155112540-1520
21Stevenage2154122134-1319
22Notts County2253142635-918
23Crewe2146111843-2518
24Bristol City2121092835-716
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