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Notts County 1-3 Milton Keynes Dons

Dele Alli's hat-trick saw MK Dons close in on the League One play-offs.

Alli made the most of erratic Magpies defending to give the visitors an early lead with a calm finish.

Hayden Mullins' backpass was intercepted by Izale McLeod who raced through on goal to square for Alli to grab his second.

County's Alan Sheehan converted from the spot after Jordan Spence had handled, but Alli ended their comeback when he fired home in the last minute.

MK Dons are now in seventh place in the table, three points behind Peterborough in sixth.

Karl Robinson's side could have been behind in the opening minute after Callum McGregor saw a shot saved before Mullins hit the bar.

But bottom side County kept plugging away and after Sheehan's penalty, the visitors had to wait the dying moments for Alli to make the game safe.

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

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Post-match: Notts County boss Derry

"[It's a feeling] of absolute bemusement if I'm honest.

"I've just looked at the goals again. It was absolute schoolboy defending all over the pitch.

"We gave goals away. You look at the decisions that they make in terms of how consistent they were in making their decisions and how inconsistent we are and that's why we are where we are.

"To go from Saturday to this performance baffles me."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: MK Dons boss Karl Robinson

"We're disappointed with our performance, we should have been out of sight in the first half.

"The game was scrappy, it was horrible. There was no real quality. But we keep coming up with these results, we keep getting round it.

"Dele [Alli] is probably one of the most gifted 17-year-old's this country has ever seen.

"The kid is as good as it gets. He's the best young player I've ever worked with. I rested him for six weeks and that rest is now starting to help him."

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 3Sheehan
  • 12Mullins
  • 5SmithBooked at 78mins
  • 6LeacockSubstituted forHollisat 38'minutes
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 4LiddleSubstituted forFotheringhamat 67'minutes
  • 39Tyson
  • 8McGregorSubstituted forMurrayat 57'minutes
  • 7GrealishBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 17Waite
  • 19Murray
  • 22Fotheringham
  • 23Speiss
  • 26Hollis
  • 28Boucaud
  • 32Dixon

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 18BaldockBooked at 60mins
  • 3Lewington
  • 14AlliBooked at 17mins
  • 23Spence
  • 24Kay
  • 17Powell
  • 7GleesonBooked at 71mins
  • 13McLeodBooked at 12mins
  • 11SmithBooked at 42mins
  • 27OdelusiSubstituted forBowditchat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 9Bowditch
  • 10Chadwick
  • 20Rasulo
  • 21Hall
  • 28Collinge
  • 50Burns
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
3,331

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 1, MK Dons 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 1, MK Dons 3.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, MK Dons 3. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Powell following a fast break.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

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

Attempt missed. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Notts County).

Alan Smith (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Jack Grealish (Notts County).

Hand ball by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

Booking

Manny Smith (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch replaces Sanmi Odelusi.

Hand ball by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

Haydn Hollis (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Notts County).

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

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

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, MK Dons 2. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Jordan Spence (MK Dons) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Mark Fotheringham replaces Gary Liddle.

Attempt missed. Gary Liddle (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Notts County).

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34237464214376
2Leyton Orient36228670333774
3Brentford34227558312773
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham351811666432365
6Peterborough35174145648855
7MK Dons36157145348552
8Walsall361212124039148
9Swindon36138155351247
10Port Vale35144174655-946
11Bradford351014114743444
12Sheff Utd33128133638-244
13Gillingham36135184859-1144
14Coventry35149126463141
15Bristol City36914135459-541
16Crawley3191393539-440
17Colchester34912133944-539
18Oldham36108184053-1338
19Carlisle34107173856-1837
20Stevenage35106193755-1836
21Tranmere3599174162-2136
22Crewe3699184168-2736
23Shrewsbury35712163447-1333
24Notts County3694234364-2131
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