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MK Dons3Port 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.

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson on Port Vale win

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, MK Dons 3, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Johnson.

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

Foul by Brendan Galloway (MK Dons).

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Brendan Galloway replaces Samir Carruthers.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Anthony Kay replaces Stephen Gleeson.

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Dale Jennings.

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

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Shuker replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Chris Birchall.

Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Anthony Griffith.

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Martin.

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

goal

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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